Friday, 28 August 2009

The wind had picked up from the west overnight and swung round to the north-west during the day – just the conditions to bring seabird passage within good viewing range of the island. After a quiet couple of hours in the seawatching hide, a Sooty Shearwater and a juvenile Pomarine Skua flew past at close range signalling the beginning of a decent day’s worth of migration. In the afternoon skuas began to pass by more frequently, with seven Great Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas and another Pomarine Skua (an adult this time) counted heading south. Amongst an estimated 10,000 Manx Shearwaters were two more Sooty Shearwaters, 102 Fulmars, a Puffin, ten Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns. Waders were on the move too, with 28 Dunlins and five Whimbrels counted. A few landbirds were also found during the day, including six Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, two Blackcaps, 28 Willow Warblers and four Spotted Flycatchers. A Common Buzzard and two Kestrels were also seen.

Two
Common Dolphins were seen surfacing near Pen cristin in the afternoon.



Arctic Skuas
(c) Steven Stansfield

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