Thursday, 29 August 2019

Today was a bright, yet breezy day with winds from the South-West. However, in more sheltered areas, it felt quite warm at times.

A windy start to the day gave good conditions for a sea-watch, although the wind was not in the ideal direction. The sea-watch yielded 802 Manx Shearwaters, 181 Kittiwakes, 162 Gannets, 25 Fulmar and 1 Arctic Skua. 5 Risso's Dolphins were also seen later in the day from the North End.

Numbers of waders on the island are starting to grow, too with 88 Turnstones, 30 Curlew, 35 Oystercatcher, 26 Whimbrel, 3 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin. Choughs are starting to feed down on Solfach with the waders and 15 were counted today.

Rock pipit (left) and Meadow Pipit (right) caught on Solfach.
Most migrants on the island have managed to move on, though 5 Willow warblers and 2 Whitethroat were still present today.

Small Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar outside of the Obs.

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