Tuesday, 17 May 2011

With the wind fixed in the west, a little low cloud lay over the island in the morning, but, despite this, nothing of much consequence was seen. A female Yellowhammer at Ty Pellaf in the morning was the most interesting sighting of the day, although a couple of migrants had arrived to join the usual birds: twelve Sedge Warblers, eight Whitethroats, one Chiffchaff, four Willow Warblers and ten Spotted Flycatchers were seen. Hirundine passage amounted to: ninety two Swallows and eleven House Martins, whilst a small movement of seabirds at sea took place in the morning: three Fulmars, 349 Manx Shearwaters, four Gannets, three Kittiwakes, fifteen Guillemots, thirty four Razorbills and two Puffins were the totals.

 Ty Pellaf and Donogoch gardens are beginning to turn into the best place on the island to see House Sparrows and Yellowhammers (above) this year. (c) Ben Porter
 A Green Carpet (above) and Flame Carpet were caught in Cristin Withie, and a Rustic Shoulder-knot was trapped at Ty Bach. (c) Ben Porter

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