Sunday, 30 August 2015

The penultimate day of August was a day with mixed weather conditions, although largely the winds were light and the skies clear. During the day, movements of birds out to sea included the following: 10 Fulmars, 156 Manx Shearwaters, 60 Gannets, 11 Common Scoters, a Mediterranean Gull, 688 Kittiwakes and three Sandwich Terns. There was a small selection of raptors on show, comprising two Sparrowhawks, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, and a Peregrine, whilst a another great gathering of waders saw the following totals amassed: eight Ringed Plovers, six Knots, three Purple Sandpipers, 13 Dunlins, three Ruffs, two Whimbrels, 34 Curlews, eight Redshanks, and a massive 73 Turnstones. It was a quiet day for passerines: 16 Stonechats and eight Wheatears were scattered around the coast and sparse gorse patches; a single Grasshopper Warbler on the North-west Heath was amongst a small selection of warblers that included two Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers,

Manx Shearwater (c) Sorrel Lyall

This stunning female Convolvulus Hawkmoth was found in the Heligoland trap at the obs, which is the year's second!!

Many of the Grey Seals are close to pupping now

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