A calmish start on the 13th but the wind gradually increased through the day bringing rain by late afternoon (the first rain for a long long time!); the Quail was again singing from near Holland while a new Chiffchaff and a new Blackcap were trapped in the gardens where the 6 Collared Doves remain. Offshore, 6 Great-northern Divers and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were of note.
Heavy rain overnight led to a very rough day on the 14th with the SW wind reaching force 7 by the afternoon bringing frequent, vicious showers; some long hours were put in seawatching from the north end but in the rough weather the results were moderate as totals included 20 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Storm Petrels, 359 Gannets, 10 Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, 205 Kittiwakes and 450 Auks sp. Predictably birds on the land were limited, although a Kestrel was new at Holland where the 6 Collared Doves remained.
Wader chicks are appearing all over the island now, we hope they manage to hold out against this rough weather!