Saturday, 30 August 2014

29th August
Gale force winds from the south west meant that there were virtually no new migrants inland, but a few noteworthy species passed by out to sea. Amongst a movement of 2768 Manx Shearwaters and 61 Gannets were an Arctic Skua, a Bonxie, 25 Sandwich Terns, eight Arctic Terns and a Commic Terns, whilst an excellent count of 52 Turnstones was made around the coast.

30th August
After what has felt like weeks of constant stormy weather, it was pleasant to be able to have a respite in much calmer conditions. The gradual easing of the wind throughout the day enabled passerine migrants inland to get on the move again, and it was clear that a small arrival had taken place overnight. Totals for the day amounted to: one Grey Wagtail, five White Wagtails, one Sedge Warblers, one Blackcap, five Whitethroats, 14 Chiffchaffs, 25 Willow Warblers, 12 Goldcrests and three Spotted Flycatchers. Out to sea, the first Grey Phalarope of the year was seen distantly off the North End, whilst an Arctic Skua, 11 Sandwich Terns and three Knots were also recorded.

A juvenile Ringed Plover was trapped and ringed two nights ago, and this adult bird has been residing around The Narrows for the last couple of days 
Juvenile Whitethroat 
Willow Warblers such as this young bird are gradually being replaced in number by Chiffchaffs. From now on, the number of the latter should increase steadily, before becoming the dominate phylloscopus warbler on the island. 
Wren tackling an Earwig 
Agonopterix umbellana

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