Thursday, 27 August 2009

A minor influx of passerines had taken place during a relatively calm early morning. Two Grey Wagtails were seen on the coast, two Spotted Flycatchers were at Nant, and 27 Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler were counted around the island. Seven Sand Martins flew south over the lowlands, while at sea 30 ‘Comic Terns’, three Sandwich Terns and six Common Scoters were the best birds on offer.

While sea passage of birds was hardly riveting, cetaceans provided much more excitement. A pod of
Risso’s Dolphins, the first sighting this year, lingered close offshore for a while in the morning giving good views. Better still was a Pilot Whale that surfaced briefly amongst the dolphins before, frustratingly, vanishing again beneath the waves.

A
Migrant Hawker dragonfly also spent some time quartering the front garden of Cristin, right under the noses of the seawatchers sitting on the benches.

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