Friday, 4 May 2018

Foggy, still and dark skies provided fantastic conditions for a mass arrival of Manx Shearwaters to the island last night. A late night walk back up the track to the Lighthouse had me ducking on several occasions as Manxies whizzed by in every direction! It was eerie and spectacular, and the fog remained into the morning sparking some anticipation as to what might appear when it cleared. The 'mega' didn't materialise but by the end of play a respectable tally of common migrants had been noted on land, including a Cuckoo, a Redstart at the boathouse, five Whitethroats and three reeling Grasshopper Warblers.

Other birds today included 16 Fulmars, four Gannets, four Cormorants, 66 Shags, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Merlin, two Peregrines, 113 Oystercatchers, a Dunlin, four Whimbrels, 62 Kittiwakes, 363 Guillemots and 1157 Razorbills on the east side, 40 Puffins, two Collared Doves, two Little Owls, two Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, two Stonechats, 13 Wheatears, seven Sedge Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 26 Willow Warblers, three Pied Flycatchers, four Chaffinches, 30 Goldfinches, 13 Linnets, a Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting.

The first Razorbill count yielded on the east side of the island yielded 1157 birds, with large concentrations around Seal Cave. Getting in amongst the birds is a real multi-sensory experience - particularly for your nose.

Our guests this week have enjoyed beautiful evenings on an almost nightly basis. Fingers crossed for a continuation of this trend!

After long days out in the field, the lounge is looking particularly cosy at the moment. 

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