Friday, 23 June 2017

A wild and windy day resulted in understandably little action on the land, but some excellent seawatching with 2593 Manx Shearwaters moving through, and the observers patience was rewarded with a single Balearic Shearwater amongst them. 134 Gannets was also an excellent total, and a decent auk passage features 140 Guillemots, 178 Razorbills and 72 Puffins throughout the day. 14 Common Scoters and 8 Fulmars completed a fine day.

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) - © Elliot Montieth

1st summer Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) - © Elliot Montieth

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) - © Elliot Montieth

Gannet (Morus bassanus) - © Elliot Montieth

Waders were much quieter today, although 10 Curlews was the highest daytime count of the autumn so far(the nocturnal vis-migging early yesterday morning made that day's total higher overall). Singles of Whimbrel and Lapwing were the only other waders seen. A high 586 Herring Gulls included a feeding frenzy on the stormy high tide in Solfach, and over 140 moving southwards off the North End in six hours. The Coal Tit remained and 2 Starlings were present, otherwise passerines comprised of just the resident breeding birds. Very little was seen on the insect front on a windy and often wet day.

Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) - © Elliot Montieth

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) & Curlew (Numenius arquata) - © Elliot Montieth

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