Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Conditions that were a little less atrocious than the previous day were very welcome, as were a handful of reasonable sightings. A Reed Warbler in the withies, a flava Wagtail on the Narrows and a Redstart at the farm were the pick of the morning’s passerines, which also included three Spotted Flycatchers, 10 Willow Warblers and a Sand Martin. The first Balearic Shearwater of the autumn – at long, long last – was the seabird highlight of the day, while plenty of Manx Shearwaters and a good number of Terns (44 Sandwich and 49 ‘Comic’ to be, slightly, more specific) all headed south during the afternoon. In the evening, another addition to the island year-list was discovered in the form of a young Turtle Dove feeding in the newly-ploughed cereal fields. Other odds and ends seen during the day included three Kestrels, three Purple Sandpipers and a new high-count of 77 Curlews.

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