Tuesday, 17 September 2019

A brisk northerly today. A seawatch produced a Leach's Petrel and a 2nd year Pomarine Skua which chased Kittiwakes around in view of some of the guests. Manx Shearwaters have all but totally moved on at this stage. It's amazing how the island can be crawling with them one month, and the next month it can take several hours to count eight on a seawatch.

Choughs are flocking now, many can be seen feeding together on Solfach.

A large triangle of nets has been put up in front of Cristin today in the hope of catching Meadow Pipits in the coming couple of days, hopefully the weather will stay as calm as it is forecast to allow ringing to take place.

The Isabelline Wheatear has not been seen today, so the chance to watch this bird may have come to an end, but it did put in a good show for seven days.

Other birds around today include: one Reed Bunting, 155 Linnets, five Goldfinches, one Siskin, 20 Chaffinch, four Ravens, nine Chiffchaffs, one Blackcap, one Whitethroat, one Song Thrush, 29 Wheatears, 16 Stonechats, 15 Grey Wagtails, 13 House Martin, 48 Skylarks, one Little Owl, 15 Sandwich Terns, 701 Kittiwakes, 26 Black-headed Gulls, 45 Curlews, one Dunlin, one Purple Sandpiper, three Ringed Plovers and one Sparrowhawk.

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