Thursday, 28 August 2014

27th August
It was a very enjoyable morning's birding on the island, with the strong south-easterly winds encouraging a modest movement of migrants over and past the island's coast. In terms of passerines, the movement was dominated by 95 White Wagtails, 143 Swallows and 74 House Martins, whilst other numbers comprised one Skylark, two Sand Martins, one Tree Pipit, two Grey Wagtails, 48 Pied Wagtails and 35 alba Wagtails. It wasn't just passerines on the move though, with plenty of waders and seabirds adding to the visible migration on show throughout the day: one Greenshank, three Teals, five Common Scoters, a Great Skua, 13 Sandwich Terns, 38 Black-headed Gulls, one Common Gull, seven Ringed Plovers, 15 Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlins, two Whimbrels, 12 Redshanks and 30 Turnstones were recorded.

28th August
Continuing the rather blustery theme that has been set in the last 10 days, it was another day of strong winds, this time from the south. Most attention was focussed seaward, and rewards came in the form of an Arctic Skua, 18 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern, a Little Egret and a probable Black Tern. Inland, 15 Willow Warblers was an increase on yesterday, and two Tree Pipits and a Whinchat were also seen.

Turnstones in the late evening light.  
A flock of 20 or so Gannets spent most of the day feeding off the West Side
A single Grey Heron continues to take up residence on the island, finding small aquatic prey in the various rock pools around the coast
Juvenile Stonechat
Autumn Ladie's Tresses (a small orchid) have appeared in their thousands around the island this year. Particularly good places for seeing this species are on Pen Cristin and in the Dynogoch Fields 
Some of the contents of the Barn Owl pellets found in one of the out houses at Nant earlier this year. Common Shrew on the left, with red-tipped teeth, and two Field Mice skulls and jaws on the right

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