Wednesday, 11 May 2011

With only six previous records of this species on the island, a Coot found on Pwll Cain in the morning represented the rarest bird (in island terms) seen this year. The bird fed on Pwll Cain for a couple of hours in the morning, before flying off out to sea and returning to the pond later on. 

Coot and Turtle Dove
The Turtle Dove was again at the north end, and a Collard Dove was also seen nearby. A steady passage of hirundines took place throughout the day, with totals coming to: four Sand Martins, 183 Swallows and twenty six House Martins; fourteen Swifts also moved through. Passerines inland were a little sparse today: thirteen Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, ten Sedge Warblers, eight Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs, nine Willow Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, two Blue Tits, ten Goldfinches, nineteen Linnets and eight Lesser Redpolls were seen. A Buzzard, a Kestrel and two Peregrine Falcons were the only raptors present, whilst sea-passage amounted to: a Fulmar, 693 Manx Shearwaters, eighteen Gannets, four Kittiwakes, forty four Guillemots and forty seven Razorbills.

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