Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Today the wind really picked up from the south west and it was the first time in a while that we didn't get a boat.

The first good seawatch of the autumn saw 1300 Manx Shearwaters, a single Balearic Shearwater, 67 Gannets, 27 Kittiwakes, three Mediterranean Gulls and seven Sandwich Terns in a 4 hour period on and off.

Elsewhere in land the majority of the sightings came from the south end and the narrows as most of the time during the day was spent clearing out the tractor shed and putting up the nets in the withys. Wader numbers included nine Redshank, two each of Sanderling and Dunlin, three Common Sandpipers, 45 Curlew, ten Whimbrel, and 13 Turnstone. Other good counts included 33 Linnets, 22 Rock Pipits, another four Sandwhich Terns and a small flock of Meadow Pipits at the tip of the south end perhaps waiting for the right conditions to head south.

Juvenile Herring Gull showing the typical pale patch in the inner primaries and the dark tail-band with a streaked rump. 

Sandwich Terns heading south

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