Sunday, 14 September 2014

There was a small movement of seabirds off the west side of the island in the morning, which included two Balearic Shearwaters, nine Wigeons, 42 Common Scoters, an Arctic Skua, four Mediterranean Gulls, 191 Black-headed Gulls and 10 Common Gulls and two Sandwich Terns. A Turtle Dove appeared in the north-west fields, after disappearing for a few days, but remained elusive. Visible migration in the morning was again quite entertaining, with a total of 236 Swallows191 Meadow Pipits, one Yellow Wagtail, one 'Flava' Wagtail, 12 Grey Wagtails and nine 'alba' Wagtails recorded. Warbler numbers seemed to be on the increase, but other passerine migrants were also arriving inland: a single Redstart, two Whinchats, 33 Wheatears, two each of Grasshopper and Sedge Warblers, three Blackcaps, ten Spotted Flycatchers and almost 20 each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were the final totals for the day.

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