Sunday, 1 September 2019

Today, winds swung round to the North-West, making it feel chilly all day.

The North-Westerly winds gave the opportunity for a sea-watch in the hope of some proper Autumn sea passage starting: 663 Kittiwakes, 247 Manx Shearwaters, 175 Auk sp, 123 Gannets, 37 Fulmars, 25 Dunlin, 18 Sandwich Terns, 8 Arctic Terns, 7 Common Scoters, 3 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas and 1 Little Gull. 

Visible migration was slow today with 1 juvenile Marsh Harrier and 46 Swallow being the highlight. Grounded migrants on the island had increased on recent days with 74 White Wagtails, 28 Willow Warblers, 17 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Whitethroat.

Convolvulus Hawk-Moth caught in the Obs moth trap was the second of the year.

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