Thursday, 11 May 2017

With the calm conditions today, there was another push of migrants passing through the island. Out to sea, the highlights were 125 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Gannets and 11 Puffins.

The number of waders decreased today, but there were still a good selection to be seen, including a Ringed Plover, four Dunlins, 14 Whimbrels, two Curlews and four Turnstones.

 Peregrine around the East Side of the Mountain

Razorbill in the auk colony on the East Side

Inland, migrant numbers increased markedly from yesterday. A Cuckoo was seen on the Mountain side briefly in the morning. ‘Vismiging’ produced an impressive number of hirundines and other species, 16 Sand Martins, 371 Swallows and 138 House Martins were the majority of birds seen overhead, but others included a Swift, two Tree Pipits, two Yellow Wagtails, two ‘Flava’ Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. Among the 15 Pied Wagtails logged today were seven White Wagtails.

Some chats were logged today as well, two Redstarts were the first in a week or so, three Whinchats were another nice surprise, and among the breeding birds were the usual 12 Stonechats and 13 Wheatears. Larger warblers were moving through today in larger number, with a Grasshopper Warbler trapped at Cristin and 33 Sedge Warblers, 23 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler and 11 Blackcaps also logged. Phylloscs totalled 12 Chiffchaffs, and 35 Willow Warblers. Also of note today were a Goldcrest, 16 Spotted Flycatchers which were scattered around the island and 13 Lesser Redpolls.

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