Tuesday, 28 August 2012

27th - 28th August

Strong winds during the morning of the 27th were difficult conditions for bird-finding; the accompanying stair rods that set in for the rest of the day made it virtually impossible. A lengthy session sheltering in the seawatching hide resulted in the day's only noteworthy sightings, which included 2 Pomarine Skuas, 18 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 Manx Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel. A Whinchat was the only new landbird, but the continuing south-easterly wind and rain at least gave hope of some more migrants by the next morning...

...hope that soon faded during a surprisingly quiet census on the 28th, with 4 Willow Warblers and 5 White Wagtails the most interesting new passerines. A Barred Warbler was still present, a Merlin and a Peregrine were seen and 7 Swifts took refuge at the lighthouse when heavy rain returned in the evening. At least 2000 Fulmars passed south down the island's west coast during the morning, and 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel were seen from the hide.

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