Thursday, 11 August 2011

10th August

A Peregrine and a Collared Dove were the only new landbirds of a fairly quiet day's birding. Seawatching was mostly very similar to the preceding days, with 49 Storm Petrels, 13 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Sooty Shearwaters and 156 Fulmars passing by, but 836 Kittiwakes was a notable increase. Waders were still present in reasonable variety and number, including 17 Ruffs, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel.

The afternoon's noisome, but always entertaining, task was that of ringing the Fulmar chicks dotted around the island's eastern coast. After a poor breeding season, the number of surviving birds was much lower than usual, but we still ringed nearly 80 of the revolting, projectile vomiting creatures. The birds on the west side remain to be visited later in the week.

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