Thursday, 15 August 2019

Today the wind picked up to almost 50mph in the morning from the west-north-west and so sea watching took priority. It was dry and fairly clear all day resulting in quite a warm evening in sheltered areas.

The seawatching started well but seemed to go quiet, as the wind let off a little suddenly things started pouring through and counts were made up of 2144 Manx Shearwaters, 1947 Kittiwakes, 217 Gannets, 177 Sandwich Terns, 13 Arctic Terns, 12 Fulmar, six Arctic Skua, four Great Skuas, three Whimbrel, five Common Scoter, and a single Little Tern.

Else where there were singles of Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine, as well as seven Swifts, a single Little Owl performing well for some guests, a Tree Pipits was hanging around nant, our first Lesser Whitethroat of the autumn was also at nant with 19 Willow Warblers.

Our first Migrant Hawkers of the year, there were five in total including this stunning male the hung up for us, identified by the 'gold tee' mark above the blue band at the top of the abdomen  

A bit of a record shot of the Tree Pipit at nant

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