Sunday, 22 May 2011

Another breezy day saw the usual suspects dotted around, the most notable sighting being the second Black throated Diver of the year off the north end. Good numbers of common seabirds also passed by: 25 Fulmars, 2686 Manx Shearwaters, 99 Gannets, seven Cormorants, eight Shags, 42 Kittiwakes,10 Guillemots and 26 Razorbills were the totals. After the pair of Ring Plovers nested a month ago, the chicks finally hatched out today, and all three were ringed before they dispersed and their camouflage would have made it too difficult to find them. Three Purple Sandpipers, a Dunlin, eight Whimbrels and a Curlew were also around the narrows. The Woodchat Shrike was again seen in Nant Valley in the morning, and a Cuckoo was singing in Cristin Withie. The usual scattering of warblers and flycatchers amounted to: 12 Sedge Warblers, five Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers and 12 Spotted Flycatchers; six Skylarks, 54 Swallows, four House Martins and nine Wheatears were around the coast and buildings.

Black throated Diver and Gannet (c) Ben Porter

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