Yesterdays’ Watch

Male Red-backed Shrike hiding in the Elders.

Male Red-backed Shrike hiding in the Elders.

The stunning male showing well in the Lighthouse gardens.

The stunning male showing well in the Lighthouse gardens.

Short-eared Owl over head (James Crymble)

Short-eared Owl over head (James Crymble)

Thursday 30th July comments:

Unfortunately yesterdays’ sea-watch was hampered somewhat by the weather.  There was a moderate northerly swell, which easily disguises the small fin of Harbour Porpoise and so hence none were seen. However, a visitor did see what she described as a Minke Whale half the way out, so all was not lost.

In other news, there was a small arrival of birds this week, with an increase in Chiffchaff and a male Red-backed Shrike on Tuesday.  The stunning bird was found by the Bird Observatory residents between the Mainlight and the Beacon and it is still present today.  We had another migrant visitor in the form a Short-eared Owl; it came to our attention when the gulls started to mob it and chased it off from the island.  To the Gulls and Terns an owl is a predator and they see them as a direct threat to themselves and their young. With a large gull colony and hundreds of Terns, birds of prey and owls don’t get an easy time out here on the May!

It really does feel like autumn is just around the corner now, with the seabirds starting to depart for wintering grounds and an increase in migrants.

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