Sunday, 17 August 2014

With the wind picking up most of the attention has been directed out at sea. So far only one Balearic Shearwater has graced our shores (13th) though several thousand Manxies pass by daily. High counts of waders on the Narrows include 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 60 Curlew, 36 Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpiper, and 3 Green Sandpiper (14th). Inland, highlights include a flyover Tree Pipit (15th), Garden Warbler (16th), and the first Merlin of the autumn (16th). In cetacean news a showy pod of 8 Risso's Dolphins, including 1 calf, dropped into Henllwyn (16th).

Migrant warblers are still passing through the island and it can't be long before the first Hippolais species appear.

The seabird breeding season is coming to an end with the auk species long gone. A few Kittiwakes still remain but mostly just Fulmar left on the cliffs.

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