Sunday, 10 September 2017

Another good day's seawatching was had today, though numbers of most species were down on yesterday. 468 Kittiwakes, 247 Manx Shearwaters and 241 Gannets moved through, with Razorbill passage now becoming a sustained feature of the autumn, 175 were tallied today. 48 Common Scoters passed through on a good day, joining them were five Wigeons, a belated addition to the 2017 yearlist. 19 Sandwich Terns were the other main feature of sea passage, while Skuas numbered 11 Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas and a Pomarine Skua. Three Mediterranean Gulls, a Red-throated Diver and a Balearic Shearwater finished off a good day's totals.
Gannet, Ephraim Perfect; Ephraim's Bird Blog

The regular waders were in low numbers today, but there were quite a few interesting sightings. 30 Bar-tailed Godwits and a single Black-tailed Godwit passed south off the North End in the afternoon, with three more Ruffs and most of the days 16 Whimbrels and 15 Dunlins also logged while seawatching. Five Purple Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and a Lapwing were all notable on the Narrows. The regulars came to 18 Oystercatchers, 11 Turnstones, nine Curlews, six Ringed Plovers and a single Redshank.

Another early Ring Ouzel, the second of the autumn, was the highlight of a scattering of migrants on the land. 66 Goldcrests, 20 Robins and 19 Chiffchaffs were the most numberous species, while other warblers numbered just four Willow Warblers and two each of Whitethroats and Blackcaps. 20 White Wagtails were around the Narrows, with four Wheatears scattered around and two Spotted Flycatchers. Overhead eight Grey Wagtails were the only migrants on the move.  

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