Thursday, 5 September 2019

Today the wind was again from the north-west giving a chill to the air. It was the first day for a few days that the boat came and with it came the return of one of the assistant wardens after his holiday.

The continued north-westerly winds gave provided good seawatching again in the morning. Yet another Leach's Petrel was seen heading south along with good numbers of Sandwich Terns, 214, and Kittiwakes, 2589. Other totals from the seawatch between 06:30-11:30 included 472 Auks, 35 Arctic Terns, three Great Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas, five Common Scoter, 341 Gannets, 172 Manx Shearwaters and 40 Fulmars.

Elsewhere on the island the number of common migrants were small. New birds in included a Grey Wagtail over the observatory in the morning, a Snipe flushed from the rocks on the narrows, a large increase in White Wagtails to 49 now, a Song Thrush was seen feeding on the Elder berrys at nant and Robins were up to eight.  With these winds we were not really expecting any more than this. More totals included a single Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, 41 and 34 each of Rock Pipit and Meadow Pipit, 51 Swallows, 72 Turnstone (they are starting to decrease now), nine Redshank, 53 Curlews, a juvenile Peregrine over the mountain with a Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard                Lewis Hooper

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