Monday, 24 July 2017

Despite it’s bad reputation July does occasionally surprise even the most pessimistic of us. The island played host to an early arrival of migrants, with a good variety of species recorded today. The fair weather was indicative of the day to come and we experienced our first miniature fall of Willow Warblers!

A small but notable trickle of species were recorded out to sea today, with one Fulmar, 215 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Gannets and seven Common Scoters being part of the usual fair, however amongst them were a few highlights with three Ringed Plovers, three Sanderlings, two Turnstones, a Sandwich Tern and two Arctic Terns also recorded.

On the Narrows a further flurry of waders were recorded with four Ringed Plovers, four Dunlins, ten Whimbrels, 55 Curlews, 14 Redshanks, four Common Sandpipers and five Turnstones making an appearance.

Migrants inland today included a good passage of hirundines and Swifts, with two Swifts, four Sand Martins, 50 Swallows and 14 House Martins logged. A Great Spotted Woodpecker heard above Cristin, was probably the same from the days before, whilst a Grey Wagtail flew overhead.

A Blackcap was seen at Cristin, whilst four Chiffchaffs were logged and the autumns highest count of 51 Willow Warblers was made! Further migrants included a Goldcrest and two Lesser Redpolls.

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