Friday, 22 July 2016
Though sunny, today was not as hot as late, making it a lot easier to be out and about during the middle of the day. Plenty of coverage from the south tip to the east cliffs meant lots of good counts. On the marine side of things 2460 Manx Shearwaters was a decent count, as were 41 Gannets, 91 Shags, seven Common Scoters, 47 Black-headed Gulls, and six Sandwich Terns. A tremendous 126 Puffins were still in situ at the north east of the island whilst a very young Storm Petrel was heard calling from it's nest nearby.
The Narrows continue to attract passing waders with two Ringed Plovers, 12 Sanderlings, one Purple Sandpiper, 22 Dunlins, one Snipe, nine Whimbrels, 49 Curlews, eight Redshanks, three Common Sandpipers, and 45 Turnstones all condensed into this small area. An immature Mediterannean Gull fed in Solfach too and three Grey Herons stalked nearby.
Inland only three Sand Martins, four Chiffchaffs, and two Willow Warblers were noticeable migrants. Back to the sea though and six Common Dolphins, two Risso's Dolphins, and five Harbour Porpoises were logged.
Last nights moth trap on top of the Mountain (above) and it's contents (below)
Plenty of juvenile Shags fishing offshore of late
A reasonably productive year for Kittiwakes