Monday, 16 August 2010

Perfectly calm conditions do not normally result in good seabird passage from the island, and so it was surprising that there were large numbers of shearwaters to be seen close offshore all day. Amongst 4000 or so Manx Shearwaters feeding on the millpond-like surface of the sea were four Sooty Shearwaters, 12 Sandwich Terns and 15 Common Terns, while an Arctic Skua and a Great Skua appeared to scatter the flocks in the evening and 18 Black-headed Gulls flew south. There wasn’t much to report on the land: 18 Wheatears, a Grey Wagtail and a couple of Sand Martins being the highlights.

The flat sea was ideal for watching dolphins, and those people out early enough in the morning were rewarded with close views of several pods of Risso’s Dolphins off the west coast. Around 50 animals were seen in total, along with a dozen or so Harbour Porpoises.

No comments:

Post a Comment