Friday, 21 July 2017

The poor weather today dampened any proper migration through the island today, with only really the usual fair making an appearance.

Out to sea 2045 Manx Shearwaters and 102 Kittiwakes were the rewards of seawatching today. Whereas inland the highlights seemed to be raptor centred. A Sparrowhawk made another brief appearance, a Buzzard glided over the Mountain ridge, a Kestrel hovered in the Lowlands and a Peregrine was sighted on the East Side of the Island.

Waders were once again the highest numbering migrant with five Dunlins, three Whimbrel, six Curlews, seven Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers and five Turnstones feeding around the Narrows and South End.

Juv. Wren exploring the Plantation (
Red Admiral (

Partially leucistic Goldfinch (

Other migrants today included another two Swift and seven Willow Warblers, slightly down on more recent totals, but we can expect numbers to sky rocket in the coming weeks.

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