Friday, 23 August 2013

Another flat calm day saw a decent scattering of migrants around the island, although there were no scarcities amongst the usual suspects.
At least four Tree Pipits toured around the Narrows and South End in the morning, whilst five Sand Martins and 120 Swallows also flew overhead. A total of 16 Common Sandpipers were situated in the same cove on the Narrows, where a single Whimbrel was also present.
In the early afternoon, the first Pied Flycatcher of the year was seen in Cristin Withy, whilst 17 Willow Warblers were scattered elsewhere.

A Clouded Yellow, seen on the Narrows in the afternoon, was perhaps the rarest sighting of the day, being the first record for several years. A Migrant Hawker also glided over the Narrows.

 Common Sandpiper. A good-sized flock of 16 was seen around the Narrows
As well as the other signs of migration, sights such as this also confirm the movement of birds through the island! Willow Warbler along the shoreline

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