Monday, 17 September 2012

Another day of westerly winds saw much of the interest bird-wise presiding at sea, although the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn was seen on theSsouth end early on. Sixn Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, four Leach's Petrels, a Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skuas and 12 Great Skuas were the highlights of sea-passage. The Melodious Warbler was again seen in Cristin garden, whilst a Short-eared Owl also seen the previous night on Solfach was flushed from near Plas Withy.

The most frustrating sighting of the day was of a small shearwater that flew past the north hide in the afternoon. At first though to be an auk, it was then apparent that it was in fact a shearwater, and was seen to have a pale face and raised its head three times as it passed by. 

 One of the Bar-tailed Godwits was trapped the previous night
Great Black-backed Gull
A video of the newest batch of Swallow chicks from the observatory court yard (c) Steve Stansfield

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