Friday, 17 March 2017
Though the sea has been of little interest recent, some birds were noted passing by today. Most notable were two Red-throated Divers and two Great Northern Divers which passed among the few auks braving the winds. A further 25 Manx Shearwaters were also the highest count thus far this Spring and are hopefully signs of things to come. The same raptors were once again present, with the Merlin seen multiple times hunting across the South End.
On the wader front, numbers were much the same with ten Snipes, a Whimbrel, eight Curlew, 16 Redshanks and nine Turnstones logged. Some passerine movement was also noted with some 96 Meadow Pipits, five Stonechats, seven Wheatears, 17 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests and a Skylark recorded.
Stonechat peering over its territory