Saturday, 12 September 2009

A sizable influx of birders to the island was evident in the morning, although sadly this was not reflected by any particularly noticeable influx of birds. A few finches did appear, with ten Goldfinches, four Redpolls, and a Siskin seen, and the odd other migrant was dotted around the island including three Spotted Flycatchers, six Whitethroats, ten Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, four White Wagtails and two Whinchats. Diurnal passage involved ten Grey Wagtails, eight Skylarks, 110 Swallows, 20 House Martins, ten Sand Martins and nearly 100 Meadow Pipits. A southward movement of 72 Black-headed Gulls in the morning had a single Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and six ‘Comic Terns’ with them, and in the afternoon 215 Herring Gulls were noted heading north. Two Lapwings also flew north, and a Merlin, three Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk, a Dunlin and a Snipe were also seen.

Six Risso’s Dolphins were watched distantly off the west coast, and a Speckled Wood butterfly – a scarce species on the island – was found at Nant.

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