Sunday, 11 May 2014

It was a day of sunshine and showers, with a fresh westerly wind settling down somewhat towards the end of the day. There was a much reduced passage of seabirds out to sea, with just 233 Manx Shearwaters passing southwards throughout the day; a single Arctic Skua and two 'Commic' Terns also flew past. A good number of waders were forced from their usual hiding places and into more conspicuous localities: a total of 30 Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlins, 26 Whimbrels, three Curlews and a Turnstone were recorded.

 The breeding season is in full swing now, with many of the seabirds around the east side incubating eggs, such as Lesser Black-backed Gulls (top) and Great Black-backed Gulls (lower). Robins, Dunnocks, Pied Wagtails and Stonechats have all fledged their first broods, and many other passerines are showing obvious signs of nesting

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