Thursday, 16 September 2010

Another day in the seawatching hide seemed quiet by comparison with the previous day, but still produced some good birds including four Sabine’s Gulls feeding with a flock of Kittiwakes. Six Leach’s Petrels passed by, along with five Pomarine Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, 14 Great Skuas and nine Balearic Shearwaters. Plenty of terns were still moving south, with counts coming to 134 Common Terns, 36 Sandwich Terns, one Black Tern and an accompanying Little Gull. On the land, an early Ring Ouzel was found on the mountainside, the first Water Rail of the autumn was in the withies and a Firecrest was at Cristin. The Common Rosefinch, Wryneck and Barn Owl were all still present, while counts of commoner migrants included 20 Goldcrests, 21 Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler and four Grey Wagtails.

Gannet. (c) Ben Porter

Leach's Petrel. (c) Ben Porter Top & Steve Stansfield Middle and Bottom

Pomarine Skua. (c) Ben Porter

Common Rosefinch. (c) Ben Porter

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