Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A few bits and bobs were on the move, as early autumn passage continued. An hour of nocturnal vismig again increased the day's wader counts, with all three of the days Golden Plovers, three our of four Lapwings, four out of five Whimbrels, six out of 13 Curlews and the only Redshank of the day recorded at night. Two Common Sandpipers in Solfach completed another reasonable day for waders.

Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) - Elliot Montieth

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) - Elliot Montieth

12 Common Scoter were all that was notable out to sea, while an unusual duck for the time of year was a Teal flying south then north off the West Coast mid-afternoon. A little bit of visible passage included 10 Swifts, four House Martins and a Sand Martin south during the day and, unusually, a Grey Wagtail that flew over at about 01:00! On land a single Collared Dove was on the rocks at Solfach, while particularly notable was a Song Thrush in Solfach, we don't get many mid-summer records of this species on the island. Three Starling were dotted about the island, but yesterdays flock seemed to have moved on.

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