Friday, 21 August 2009

The Melodious Warbler continued to inhabit its favourite patch of burnt gorse by the lighthouse, and a few other small migrants appeared around the island. These included a Tree Pipit, two Spotted Flycatchers and 13 Willow Warblers. A steady, albeit slow, procession of birds passed off the west coast heading south. Predominantly Manx Shearwaters – of which around 3000 were logged – the day’s passage also involved 100 Fulmars, five Sandwich Terns, a ‘Comic Tern’, three Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, 38 Dunlins and 15 Whimbrels. A Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Snipe and the same Cuckoo were also seen during the day.

Joining the unfortunate Common Dolphin, a large Thornback Ray was also discovered washed up in Henllwyn.

Melodious Warbler
(c) Steve Stansfield

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