Friday, 8 September 2017

A stiff south-westerly breeze for most of the day hampered any real hopes of passerine migration, but a decent passage over the sea was noted. There was a near constant stream of 1695 Kittiwakes, 598 Manx Shearwaters and 372 Gannets made up the bulk of passage, while in higher than usual numbers also were 40 Sandwich Terns and 32 Cormorants. All three Skuas were logged, with three Great Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas and a single Arctic, plus one unidentified skua sp. Making up the rest were 25 Fulmars, 34 Razorbills, three Guillemots, three Common Scoters and a Common Gull.

an impressive weather front moving through the island mid-afternoon

Not many waders were to be seen, with the highest numbers being 26 Dunlins, all in parties heading south over the coast. 21 Oystercatchers, 12 Curlews, ten Turnstones, eight Redshanks and singles of Ringed Plover and Whimbrel were also noted.

Passerine migration was very modest today, overhead there were 42 Swallows, four Grey Wagtails and a single Siskin. On Solfach, Rock Pipits had increased to 30 and there were 25 White Wagtails around, while a very limited selection of warblers and other species were present; 20 Goldcrests, five Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs and two each of Whitethroat and Blackcap all that could be mustered up.

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