Saturday, 17 September 2011

The majority of birds were seen out to sea today, as a nagging westerly wind persisted throughout the day. A Red-throated Diver, two Leach’s Petrels, two Balearic Shearwaters, 10 Common Scoters, two Great Skuas, five Arctic Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull, a juvenile Sabines Gull, five Common Gulls, 42 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns, 19 'Commic Terns' and eight Black Terns were totals from out to sea.   Waders also passed by in good numbers during the day: four Grey Plovers (first of the autumn), two Ringed Plovers, two Purple Sandpipers, 56 Dunlins, a Snipe and four Whimbrels were the highlights.
Passerines inland were, if anything, a little thin on the ground: a Whinchat was seen with a few Stonechats by Ty Pellaf, three Skylarks, three White Wagtails and 12 Wheatears were dotted around the coast and a Spotted Flycatcher and Song Thrush were at Nant. 

Arctic Skua (top) and Common Tern (bottom)

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