Tuesday, 13 September 2011

With the wind persisting from the West, an excellent array of species passed by out to sea during the course of the day. The most noteworthy species  seen included the first Grey Phalarope of the year, a Leach’s Storm-petrel, seven Sooty Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, three Long-tailed Skuas, 24 Great Skuas, 16 Arctic Skuas, a Sabine’s gull and the third Black Guillemot of the year. Three Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, four Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin also passed by,  and Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet and Kittiwake numbers were all into triple figure counts.
Most of the passerines inland were skulking in the vegetation, although a couple of Grey Wagtails flew overhead, and a Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and four Goldcrests were in the island’s gardens and Withies.

 Manx Shearwater

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