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Tuesday 11 September 2018

8th & 9th Sep – Relatively quiet as new shearwater team arrives

David & Elisabth Price, Peter Slader and Nik Ward arrived on Saturday 8th to continue the ringing of Manx Shearwaters, taking over from Team Taylor. David reports, "An uneventful crossing and quiet Saturday as most of the migrants had moved out." There was also "an inauspicious start for shearwatering, as wind and rain that night precluded any ringing!"

Sunday 9th was again relatively quiet. The best counts for migrants were 6 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher and a Wheatear. Other notable sightings included a female Sparrowhawk and more than 100 Linnets. On Sunday night (9th/10th) the team "scrambled up and down the steep slopes of Pilot's Quay" catching and ringing a creditable 20 shearwaters (18 young and 2 adults). Most of the young had no down and were ready to fledge. David adds that, "Interestingly, whilst sitting quietly on the slopes waiting for it to get dark properly, we saw the silhouettes of at least three Storm Petrels flitter overhead."

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