Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Another calm day to start today, both the start and the finish of the day were christened with magnificent weather and sunshine. However, the middle wasn’t quite as friendly with constant drizzle.

The calm sea state allowed the first cetaceans for quite a while to be seen with three Harbour Porpoise seen briefly off the West Coast. Also out to sea were 42 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Gannets and 36 Kittiwakes, among the occasional auk passing on a foraging trip.

The Sparrowhawk was still present today, but remained elusive. Waders continued to pass through today with good numbers recorded on the Narrows. The first Ringed Plover of the autumn, five Whimbrels, 29 Curlews, eight Redshanks and eight Common Sandpipers were logged.

Inland, a ‘Flava’ Wagtail and two Grey Wagtails were the clear highlights and with yesterday’s Willow Warbler, they probably mark the true beginning of passerine migration through the island. Also present today were the usual 11 Stonechats, with the Lowlands pair fledging their second brood of the year.

Young Stonechat regretting its decision to leave the nest (www.mybirdblog.blogspot.co.uk)

A further 11 Wheatears, 11 Sedge Warblers, one Chiffchaff and 90 Starlings were also logged.

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