Wednesday, 3 September 2014

It was another great day on the island, with some very nuce birds and good numbers of common migrants. First up was an Ortolan Bunting, which flew around with some Meadow Pipits over Ty Pellaf in the morning, before dropping into the nearvy oat field. It was seen twice more, before it headed down to the North-west Fields and disappeared. In other news, a steady movement of hirundines during the morning amounted to some 308 Swallows and 32 House Martins, whilst other fly-overs included a Tree Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail, 16 Grey Wagtails and 93 Meadow Pipits. Inland, migrants in the vegetated areas included a Whinchat, a Firecrest, 31 Goldcrests and nine Spotted Flycatchers.  In terms of non-passerines, a good selection of noteworthy species seen over the island and out to sea comprised a Black Guillemot, a Wigeon, 12 Common Scoters, one Ringed Plover, two Dunlins, one Snipe, a Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers, two Arctic Skuas and an Arctic Tern.

For the last two weeks, WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) have been carrying out regular Risso's Dolphin surveys around the island, and have also been going out by boat to try and collect photographs for their photo-ID project. The dorsal fins of some of the Risso's Dolphins bear unique scars and markings which enable identification somewhat like a finger print. It is thought these scars are acquired through social interaction 

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