After a run of dry and often very sunny and warm days, Monday 18th started off breezy and damp, with a fresh southerly wind and spots of drizzle from first light. The morning saw patchy rain and periods of poor visibility clearing for a time around noon, but closing in again by 14:00 hrs with the island enveloped in mist and drizzle for the rest of the afternoon.
With conditions never conducive to visible migration, the bulk of birding time was spent seawatching, with various observers at various times doing stints from the Ugly, the Castle, Old Light and the Battery. Combined totals for the day were:
1 Black-headed Gull
13 Mediterranean Gull
5 Common Gull
21 Great Black-backed Gull
70 Herring Gull
27 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Pomarine Skua
4 Arctic Skua
1 unidentified skua sp. (probably Pomarine)
1,440 auk sp. (more Razorbills than Guillemots)
1 Manx Shearwater
1 unidentified shearwater sp. (probably Balearic)
Also logged were an Oystercatcher, 3 Swallow, five Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, two Goldcrest, 30 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush (Millcombe), a Ring Ouzel (near Quarry Pond), two Black Redstart (including a male at the Battery), four Stonechat, a Spotted Flycatcher (Millcombe), 70 Chaffinch, 250 Siskin and a handful of Skylarks, alba wagtails and Meadow Pipits.
Ringing total zero!
Observations contributed by: Chris & Carol Baillie, Richard Campey, Tim Davis, James Diamond, Rob Duncan, Andy Jayne and Tim Jones.