Sunday, 1 August 2010

A quiet beginning to the month saw little change in the birds on the island, with a Kestrel, a Snipe and a Starling the only new arrivals noted during the morning census. The bird of the day, however, was not found until mid afternoon: a Great Spotted Woodpecker, the first one this year, was perched incongruously on a fence post in the unlikely setting of the North West fields. Additional sightings included 27 remaining Willow Warblers, a Sand Martin, the previous day’s Reed Bunting, a single Grey Heron and ten Common Scoters. The wader roost contained five Purple Sandpipers, a Dunlin, 16 Redshanks and nine Turnstones, and nine Common Sandpipers were still feeding around the beach. 

Calm sea and good visibility made it a good day for looking for cetaceans, and seawatching efforts paid off with an active pod of about 12 Common Dolphins and four Risso's Dolphins off the west coast. Further sightings came in the evening when 12 Risso's Dolphins and a small group of Common Dolphins were watched from the north end of the island.

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