Friday, 6 September 2019

The morning was breezy and a seawatch produced two Pomarine, 475 Manx Shearwaters, 42 Gannets, five Shags, one Cormorant and seven Common Scoter. After the threat of rain subsided at around 11:00 the staff went to extract Manx Shearwater juveniles from burrows in order to ring them. All but a few have lost their downy plumage and will soon fledge, the vast majority of adults have already started their migration and the nights are quiet once again.
Manx Shearwater chick taken a few days ago, one of the fluffy ones
An old manxy skeleton, this one was likely prey to a Peregrine which has crunched the keel
15 Ringed Plovers, three Sandwich Terns, 11 White Wagtails, one Garden Warbler, 24 Goldcrests and two Spotted Flycatchers were notable sightings. A dazzling session starting at 23:00 yielded two juvenile Ringed Plovers, and 8 Manx Shearwaters juveniles too.

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