Wednesday, 15 August 2012

15th August 2012

After yesterday's massive fall of Willow Warblers, good numbers were still evident across the island, even at the North End, and although not on yesterday's scale, it was thought that there were probably some 50 birds present. However, the only other warbler noted was a Whitethroat. Fifteen Swifts flew South as did about 50 Swallows and a juvenile Peregrine hunted the waders prior to the tide. With strengthening south westerly winds a lengthy sea watch was in order and observers were not disappointed. Amongst the huge numbers of both Sandwich and Common Terns, at least 50 Little Terns were present, including many juvenile birds, together with seven Black Terns. The presence of these terns, and about 50 Gannets, brought Arctic Skuas in and 12 birds were counted during the day, although, as always, there could be some duplication in this count. Unexpectedly with the wind direction, several Manx Shearwaters were also seen, together with the bird of the day, a Balearic Shearwater. A juvenile Shag, one Guillemot, five Common Scoter and three Great Crested Grebe added variety.
( AMC & Paula, DB, CS & Dave Sullivan, John Coupe)

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