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Wednesday 29 August 2018

28th Aug – Spotted Flycatcher influx

Tony Taylor, who arrived with reinforcements for shearwater ringing, reports a quiet crossing to the island, with a handful of Manx Shearwaters and two Storm Petrels about halfway across, though a Bonxie flew over the jetty as passengers disembarked.

Combined sightings for the day included: 3 Water Rails, a Sand Martin, 9 Swallows, a House Martin, 22 Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers and 24 Spotted Flycatchers. Rebecca Taylor writes: "The top of Millcombe, from the Blue Bung to St Helen's Field fence was hopping with Spot Flys and Willow Warblers, with several Whitethroats thrown in."

During the night of 28th/29th a further 13 Manx Shearwater chicks were ringed at the Old Light colony. Of 15 adults handled, seven were new birds and duly ringed, whilst eight were retraps, the oldest of these from 2012.

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