Thursday, 20 August 2015

20th
Intermittent rain spells made it hard to find migrants inland leaving coastal avifauna to once again predominate, highlighted by the island’s first Sooty Shearwater of the year heading south along the West Coast.

An assortment of one Ringed Plover, ten Dunlins, one Whimbrel, 19 Curlews, three Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers, and 25 Turnstones were recorded at high tide. Noticeable gull movement through the island in the past week culminated in a high count of 49 Great Black-backed Gulls, with 481 Kittiwakes and six Black-headed Gulls also recorded. A lone Swift headed south mid morning, one Sedge Warbler, one Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, and 13 Goldcrests were noted inland, and finally 49 Gannets and a Grey Heron flew by at sea.

19th
A quiet day on the island with most activity focused on The Narrows. Two Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlins, one Whimbrel, 17 Curlews, four Redshanks, five Common Sandpipers, and 19 Turnstones represented a reasonable selection of waders with six Black-headed Gulls and two White Wagtails also present with them. Asides, four Willow Warblers and one Goldcrest lurked around the island, and a Migrant Hawker patrolled the Cristin garden.

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