Monday, 26 August 2019

The wind changed again today, it was calm still but a slight switch to the south west and clear skies meant a lot of birds had cleared out.

First thing six Grey Herons flew south down the island and a few migrants could be found including singles of Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, Blackcap and Garden Warbler, eight Goldcrests, 37 Willow Warblers,  and three Spotted Flycatchers. 31 Wheatears were of note around the coast, six Robins was still a good count, White Wagtails were down to just 27 but our first Grey Wagtail of the year went south. Hirundines moved through till with Swallows making up the bulk today, 208 birds were counted heading south throughout the day along with 20 House Martins and six Sand Martins. A Skylark was seen and heard in the lowlands, the first of the autumn, and offshore two Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua and 32 Black-headed Gulls were seen heading south.
Waders were still feeding away on the piles of seaweed in solfach as well as a few small flocks seen heading south today, numbers included three each of Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Sanderling, six Dunlin, four Whimbrel, five Redshank, and 40 Turnstones. Also in the bay there were 14 Mallard and a single Teal still.

The real highlight of the day came in the evening as two of our volunteers stumbled upon a Wryneck which flew from the track and perched in some bramble for a brief moment before heading further up into the gorse. Our first of the autumn that was half expected due to a small arrival of this species across the UK in the past two days.

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