Monday, 19 October 2009

Southerly winds were hardly promising conditions for seawatching but, despite this, the best sightings of the day came from out at sea. A juvenile Long-tailed Skua in the afternoon was the highlight, but other birds either milling around off the west side or heading south at sea included an Arctic Skua, an Arctic Tern, two Little Gulls, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 750 Black-headed Gulls, 490 Kittiwakes, 77 Common Gulls, 14 Golden Plovers and a Manx Shearwater. Two Black Redstarts were still present on the island, along with a Firecrest, nine Goldcrests, nine Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Reed Bunting, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, seven Great Tits, six Song Thrushes and six Redwings. Three Swallows flew south, the Wigeon remained with 30 Mallards and 28 Chaffinches, six Greenfinches, four Siskins and a Goldfinch were counted.

Black-headed, Common and Mediterranean Gull
(c) Richard Brown

Four Risso’s Dolphins spent the afternoon off the west coast.

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