Sunday, 18 September 2011

A blustery morning with frequent shower storms set the scene for the remainder of the day. The best bird of the day (in island terms) was a Ruff on the narrows with three Golden Plovers in the morning; two Ringed Plovers were with these later on, whilst a total of eight Golden Plovers were seen around the coast. A Leach's Petrel, three Eider Ducks, a Red-breasted Merganser (first for the year) two Little Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls, an adult Sabine's Gull and five Black Terns were the highlights of sea-passage, with the more common species amounting to: 17 Common Scoters, four Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, 20 Black-headed Gulls, three Common Gulls, 20 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 13 'Commic' Terns
Much was the same as yesterday inland: a Whinchat was present by Ty Pellaf, a Grey Wagtail flew over the track, a Spotted Flycatcher was in Ty Pellaf garden and a Lesser Redpoll sheltered in Cristin Withy. A Garden Warbler and two Blackcaps were seen at Nant, whilst other warblers around included four Chiffchaffs and 11 Goldcrests. A Merlin was the only new raptor about, although the usual Kestrel and two Sparrowhawks were seen.

 Ruff (upper) and Golden Plovers

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