Thursday, 19 May 2011

Despite the absence of anything scarce on the island, calm and sunny conditions made it a fairly pleasant day with decent numbers of migrants about. A total of twenty eight Spotted Flycatchers were scattered all over the island (the highest count of the year so far), whilst warblers in the island’s gardens and withies amounted to: twenty five Sedge Warblers, eleven Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, three Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and seven Willow Warblers. Seventy five Swallows and fifty four House Martins represented hirundines seen whilst three Siskins, five Goldfinches, twenty three Linnets and three Lesser Redpolls were dotted around. A Little Owl was trapped and ringed above Plas, and a couple of Buzzards and a Kestrel drifted over the mountain. Other non-passerines seen mainly around the narrows included: a Fulmar, thirty six Manx Shearwaters, eight Gannets, seven Cormorants, twelve Shelducks, four Ring Plovers, five Dunlins, eighteen Purple Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, seven Whimbrels, three Curlews, twenty two Kittiwakes, six Guillemots and seventeen Razorbills.

 Spotted Flycatchers were all over the island today. (c) Ben Porter
 A few pairs of Sedge Warblers are at least attempting to nest this year. (c) Ben Porter
 Some wandering lambs came a little too close to this Oystercatcher's nest! (c) Ben Porter

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