Wednesday, 11 September 2013

7th-10th September

The weather looked promising with a brief shift to north easterly winds predicted on saturday and sunday followed by a strenghtening north and north west winds on monday and tuesday.

Brad Robson was on Tory the weekend (7th/8th)and Chris Ingram (8th/9th) and with Ralph Sheppard on the 10th. Gerard Murray and I made a day trip over on monday 9th.

The weather was wet and windy on saturday and a seawatch from the lighthouse produced 100 Manx Shearwater, 49 Sooty Shearwater and a single Storm Petrel. A Ruff and 2 White Wagtails were the only other migrants noted.

Sunday was drier and less windy and Chris found a Whinchat and a Turtle Dove and Micky Meehans. A Lesser Whitethroat was mobile around West town with the only other migrants a Kestrel,Robin, Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warblers.

Gerard and I got the early boaton monday. The best birds on the way over were single Sooty Shearwater, Arctic, Great and Pomarine Skuas. I tried chumming on the journey over and a mix of vegatable oil and fish blood and oil had about 5 Fulmar trailing the boat.

We met Anton and Chris at the pier and decided to start at the east end, around Antons patch. An elusive Willow Warbler eventually showed after an hour and was the only migrant in the cover. We headed back east and found no other migrants. A little dissapointed we started to walk back to west town. We recieved 3 texts in quick succession from Chris to say first Lesser Whitethroat then Pied Flycatcher and then Common Rosefinch had all been found in Antons garden in West town. Eventually after much sculking both the Pied Fly and the Rosefinch showed well around the garden. The Lesser Whitethroat and Pied Fly later relocated to the magic bush and surrounding gardens were they gave brief views. Other migrants noted Robin, Blackbird, 2 White Wagtails, Kestrel, Chiffchaff and 4 Willow Warblers.

All photos by Gerard Murray

Chris and Ralph visited on the 10th and had Great Skua and a Sooty Shearwater from the boat. The only migrants noted were 2 Robins, the Pied Flycatcher and the Lesser Whitethroat.

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