Monday, August 11, 2008

10th August, 2008.

Fully mobile again!!
One of the things that characterizes this time of year is the large gatherings of Meadow Pipit along some of the less disturbed roads in the moorland areas. Doubtless those present at the moment are "local bred" , but as autumn proceeds the numbers are obviously turning over quite frequently, as migrants and "locals" alike move through. The population in winter is quite low by comparison. 60/70 birds on the track this morning was typical.

Seawatching was quite productive with ca.4500 ManxShearwater and ca.1800/1900 Gannet moving south. A few waders were in evidence too, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and a single Ruff. Other seabirds involved included Kittiwake, both Great and Arctic Skuas, Fulmar plus a lone young Puffin on the sea , the only auk seen.

Young Wheatears were in a couple of places and will soon be moving on. Warblers suddenly seem to be very few and far between!!

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