Monday, 19 August 2019

Today we finally got a boat and said goodbye to the 'golden oldies' and the young birders week finally was about to start, even if it is a little late.

Once again the day was filled with seawatching and wader counting, with passerine still being few and far between.

Seawatching produced the highlights of the day with our first Great Shearwater of the year seen feeding in a group of Manx Shearwaters in the early morning. Also, yet another first for the year headed south later the same morning, a Roseate Tern, a juvenile showing its contrasting mantle well as it slowly headed south. Other good counts included a single Sooty Shearwater, 4945 Manx Shearwaters,  378 Gannets, 22 Fulmars, a single Arctic Skua, six Great Skuas, 620 Kittiwakes, 86 Arctic Terns, 100 Sandwich Terns, and some waders too, a single Whimbrel, two Bar-tailed Godwits, six Dunlin and seven Redshank.

Waders put in a reasonable show as the tide came in too. Turnstones were again numerous with 57 constantly going through the seaweed. The curlew flock was counted at 56 birds today, Redshank numbered eight, there were four each of Dunlin and Purple Sandpiper, and single of Ringed Plover, Sanderling, and Bar-tailed Godwit.

More noteworthy counts included 13 Pied Wagtails and two White Wagtails,

One of the juvenile Turnstones pushing around the seaweed to get to the invertebrates underneath 

Juvenile Bar-tailed Godmit

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