Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Today was a beautiful day with calm winds and sunshine all day. The light wind was however from the south west proving to be a bit of a blocker in terms of migrants.

In the early hours of the day, a few of the team headed over to Nant Valley to try and catch Storm Petrels again for the last time this year. They were successful, with two birds being caught, one of which being a control (a bird ringed elsewhere).

Passage was less pronounced than in previous days, however it was still evident with 90 Swallows, 4 House Martins and 38 Meadow Pipits passing through the island during the day. Grounded migrants consisted only of 12 Wheatear, 14 Willow warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher, the latter of which was at the obs. 

The best siting of the day, perhaps, was saved until later, when a Pod of 23 Risso's Dolphins were seen from the obs feeding close in offshore. They were watched for around half an hour, before they headed off North out of view.

One of two Storm Petrels caught                                     George Dunbar

Dunlin caught on Solfach                                           George Dunbar

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