Monday, 5 September 2011

The wind picked up immensely from the west during the night, and persisted with frequent showers during the day. Due to this, most birds of interest were located out to sea, with the most notable birds seen during the day including 11 Sooty Shearwaters, four Balearic Shearwaters, 18 Knots, a Black-tailed Godwit (new for the year),  11 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Pomarine Skua, 19 Arctic Skuas, eight Great Skuas, a Mediterranean Gull, a Common Gull, three Little Gulls (new for the year) and three Black Terns. A trickle of commoner species also passed by, with totals amounting to: 69 Fulmars, 543 Manx Shearwaters, 157 Gannets, 243 Kittiwakes, 130 Sandwich Terns, three Arctic Terns, 11 Common Terns, two Guillemots and 31 Razorbills. A Common Sandpiper, four Dunlins and six Sanderlings were sheltered in Solfach at high tide.
Inland, migrants were a little thin on the ground: a Wryneck was seen just north of Cristin in the afternoon, a Spotted Flycatcher was again at nant, 11 Wheatears were dotted around and five Grey Wagtails passed overhead. A Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were the only raptors present.

Gannet and Great black-backed Gull
The Sparrowhawk continues to hunt prey around the island

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