Thursday, 8 August 2019

Today was the calm before the storm, it was a flat calm day with blue skies and sunshine throughout with temperatures in the 20's.

There were signs of some migration today with two Pied Flycatchers and three Spotted Flycatchers seen across the island today. There were 12 Willow Warblers at nant and more throughout the withys and the first Garden Warbler of the autumn was caught and ringed at the observatory. Linnets were counted at 82 today and a single mobile Redpoll was heard from the observatory. More Wheatears were present along the west coast today, there were 16 around the island with a single 'Greenland' bird at the north end. The island also saw another day of flying ants seen at the north and the south end pulling in large numbers of gulls. Some Smaller gulls were seen feeding at the north end including seven Black-headed Gulls and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls bring the days count up to four after two were seen pasting the west coast in the morning. Last but not least the first egret of the autumn was found by a couple of North American visitors, a Little Egret in cafn where the boat comes in.

Offshore a pod of 18 or so Common Dolphins kept the departing guests happy and a few Risso Dolphins were offshore too.

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull off the west coast                                   Lewis Hooper

Rock Samphire can be seen across much of the coast and has flowered amazingly this year

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