Wrapping up August as we go into the most eagerly anticipated month for birdwatchers on the island, we have to mention it was another cracking day. In fact the whole month has felt very 'summery' with plenty of sunshine. Birding highlights were similar to recent days with at least 3 Barred Warblers (a new bird ringed and at least 1 other new arrival), 3 lingering Common Rosefinches, the Red-backed Shrike, Wood Warbler, Wood Sandpiper and a Little Stint. There was some visible movement too with 22 of 121 Swallows and 15 of 161 Meadow Pipits noted migrating south down the west coast. There was also 4 Swifts, a Tree Pipit, 3 Whinchats, 5 Garden and 19 Willow Warblers and also 4 Pied Flycatchers.
We'd like to thank all who supported our 'Friends of NRBO' summer prize draw-we'll contact the winners during the first week of September and announce them here, on the 'friends' page and also on twitter and facebook. The competition is now closed but we still need your support for on-going projects and there are several benefits in joining, including accommodation discounts. Follow the link on the homepage for more information. Thank you.