Thursday, 17 September 2015

Another day with reasonable numbers of migrants around the island. A morning’s seawatch off the South End produced a total of three Manx Shearwaters, 22 Shags, four Common Scoters, one Pomarine Skua, two Great Skuas, 13 Black-headed Gulls, and 55 Razorbills, whilst one Golden Plover, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, 13 Redshanks, and 18 Turnstones fed around The Narrows. Movement overhead included 172 Swallows, eight House Martins, three Jackdaws, and ten Grey Wagtails plus inland a total of one Kestrel, two Whinchats, two Sedge Warblers, two Blackcaps, 41 Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, 64 Goldcrests, one Spotted Flycatcher, three Siskins, and one Lesser Redpoll were seen.

Good numbers of Meadow Pipits are on the move (c) Steve Stansfield

A pod of 10 Common Dolphins were found off the West Coast mid-morning along one Risso’s Dolphin. Also of note was one Speckled Wood found at the Plantation in the evening.

The second Speckled Wood of the year was at Nant (c) Steve Stansfield

Sparrowhawk (c) Steve Stansfield
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immature Siskin (c) Steve Stansfield

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