August 7th: A rather pleasant but very quiet day bird wise.
The only birds of note included a small morning arrival of Willow Warbler (12) and Sedge Warbler (4) in Millcombe.
August 8th: A beautiful sunny day for the most part, coupled with light winds from the south (the calm before the storm...).
Birds of note included a Curlew which flew in from the sea next to The Battery, a Water Rail calling from Quarters in the early morning, 4 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Blackcap.
August 9th: The wild weather started!
Sea-watching from the Castle Parade and North End throughout the day resulted in 761 Manx Shearwater, 161 Gannet, 16 Fulmar and 3 Guillemot along with small numbers of assorted of gulls. Although I didn’t managed to see any unusual Procellariforms or skuas there were a few nice shorebirds battling through the strong oncoming winds, among them 8 Curlew (including a flock of 7 birds) flying south, low to the water past Rat Island. Shortly after, a lone Dunlin shadowing a Black-tailed Godwit (a Lundy rarity) flew south also and 2 Ringed Plover dropped onto the North End briefly in the afternoon.
Other sightings of note included a juvenile Grey Heron, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Common Dolphin, 4 Harbour Porpoise and a Sunfish off the North End.
August 10th: A very wild and windy day with the occasional squall and heavy downpour (particularly in the morning).
A morning’s sea-watch from the Ugly revealed some good Manx Shearwater (2,991) and Gannet (227) passage. Other birds of note included a Ringed Plover calling over the SE Point, 2 juvenile Turnstone hiding from the wind in the short heather at the North End, a Redshank next to Rocket Pole Pond in the evening, the juvenile Grey Heron at Quarry Pond, 10 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat and a total of 4 Harbour Porpoise (a mother and Calf in the Southern Races and 2 at the North End, one of which was fully breaching from the colossal swell).
|Juvenile Turnstone in unusual habitat at North End, 10 Aug © Dean Jones|
|The turbulent seas off North Light on 10 Aug – no surprise that Oldenburg was cancelled... © Dean Jones|