Thursday, 12 August 2010

A windier day brought a good number of seabirds to within viewing range of the island, and most of the day’s birding efforts were concentrated on scanning through the thousands of passing Manx Shearwaters. The highlights were the first Sooty Shearwater of the year and a single Balearic Shearwater, while other species seen included two each of Arctic and Great Skua, two Sandwich Terns, eight Black-headed Gulls, five Common Scoters, five Ringed Plovers and a fleeting glimpse of a probable Bottlenose Dolphin. There was little to report on the land other than the Whinchat from the day before and the long-staying Cuckoo.

A Migrant Hawker dragonfly by the plantation was the insect highlight of the day and the first of this species so far this year.

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