The weather looked good with a few days of strong westerlies prior to my visit. Under similar conditions last september I had a very successful day.
|Strong westerlies just north of Ireland|
|Maybe in hindsight 200 miles too far north.....|
|Locally, north westerlies with the possibility of good seabird movement on the ferry to Tory|
The crossing over was rough and the ferry had been restricted the day previously. I was disappointed with the numbers of birds and trying to take a photograph proved to be a nightmare.
Despite some great views these were the best shots I could manage. The highlighs were 3 Great Skuas, 5 Sooty Shearwaters and 4 Manx Shearwaters.
On arrival the waders in the harbour gave good views but numbers were low and there was nothing unusual amoung them.
|Juvenile Ringed Plover|
There were a few dapper juvenile Ringed Plovers feeding on the sand, including this bird showing palmations between the middle and outer toe.
|Presumed Willow Warbler. Now a Chiffchaff!|
First stop West Town to look for migrants. I managed two Willow Warblers (now one Willow Warbler, one Chiffchaff) including this bird with one tail feather and apparently growing some new primaries. The wet face looked initially looked like a dark mask. My pulse quickened considerably......
|One of the road leading from west town.|
|Lanner type hybrid falcon? No-a normal Merlin!|
(On second thoughts as was pointed out to me its more likely to be a wild Merlin with prey in its talon and it has picked up some grass stalks along with its prey.)
There were plenty of migrant Wheatears and White Wagtails about.
|Rabbit suffering from myxmatosis|
I was running short of time and Anton kindly offered me a lift to the east end. It was very quiet, but on a better note his brothers small oat field held 21 of the 25 Tree Sparrows counted on the island. Its got to produce a rare bunting this autumn!