Despite being midsummer bird movement is ticking over quite nicely. The highlight was a Leach's Petrel, trapped and ringed overnight on the 15th, as were 48 Storm Petrels, the highest total of the year so far. Also newly arrived on the island are Common Redpolls, a count of 3 on the 14th had risen to 14 on the 15th, while the Quail near the Post Office was also heard on those two dates. On the 14th a Ruff was briefly on the Post Office flash, while Golden Plover numbers had peaked at 859 birds.
Leach's Petrel photo by Stephen Rutt
More unseasonal sightings included a Short-eared Owl on the 13th, 2 Sand Martins on the 14th and a Whooper Swan still being seen everyday.