Thursday, 20 May 2010

Very poor visibility again made finding birds difficult, but all indication was that there weren’t many around anyway. Some waders at least had clearly not been prevented from migrating by the fog, and the beach was full of birds: 21 Dunlins and a Sanderling were feeding amongst the seaweed with the local Ringed Plovers. Seven Swifts, two Sand Martins, 60 Swallows and three House Martins were counted overhead, and nine Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, two Blackcaps and three Spotted Flycatchers had probably all been on the island for a few days.

The day’s main talking point was that, on this of all days – in thick mist and very poor visibility – the foghorn at the lighthouse was turned off for good.

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