Thursday, 29 June 2017

A very wild and rainy day, when the main highlights were all out to sea, unsurprisingly. A 12-hour vigil from the South End hide brought in some excellent numbers, with the most notable being a season high of 6,381 Manx Shearwaters. 265 Gannets was also the highest count of the season, as were 56 Common Scoters. Amongst 37 Black-headed Gulls moving south, the first Mediterranean Gull of the year was also seen. Some of the regular species were also seen in fine numbers, such as 634 Razorbills, 374 Guillemots, 80 Puffins, 126 Kittiwakes and 23 Fulmars.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) - © Elliot Montieth

Gannet (Morus bassanus) - © Elliot Montieth
As wader numbers continued to build, 21 Curlews were seen today, including five coming in/off at the South End. Eight Redshanks, four Common Sandpipers and two Whimbrels were also seen, with the former two clearly starting a concerted autumn passage now. However, on the land, very few birds that weren't breeding on the island were seen. Eight Swifts bucked the recent trend as they moved through heading north, with the only other birds of note a single Starling on the South End and a single Collared Dove at Ty Pellaf.

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