Saturday, 31 August 2019

Today started off very windy from the west creating a very rough sea! Luckily for the guests after a brief band of rain it calmed dramatically and so boats ran.

It was a hard days birding, with little passing at sea after mid-day and the westerly wind continued to keep migration to a minimum. A Grey Wagtail over the observatory during the introductory talk to our new guest was a good bird this year, but else where passerines were scarce with eight Willow Warblers, five Robins, 179 Linnets and 37 Meadow Pipits. With limited time spent watching the sea some counts included singles of Great Skua and Arctic Skua, 430 Kittiwakes.

Wader numbers were similar to previous days, Turnstone numbered 50, with seven Dunlin, two Sanderling, a single Common Sandpiper
and nine Redshank

Sunset from the observatory 

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