Thursday, 27 July 2017

With today’s strong winds we spent a good amount of time seawatching. Some 4076 Manx Shearwaters were logged out to sea with a further 43 Gannets.

Again most of the action seemed to be surrounding the Narrows with waders still passing through in good number. Watching the waders for an hour period revealed a good amount of turnover, with Dunlins and Turnstones arriving and leaving every few minutes. However, peak counts today saw one Sanderling, four Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, one Snipe, five Whimbrels, 52 Curlews, eight Redshanks, six Common Sandpipers and 17 Turnstones recorded on the Narrows and South End.

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Inland a small trickle of migrants was noted, but was definitely hampered by the bad weather. The two Cuckoos were present again today, 34 Swallows were recorded and House Martins numbered 14. Warbler numbers were made up of two Chiffchaffs and seven Willow Warblers.

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