Monday, 6 April 2015

Skomer & Ramsey, and between

A lovely fall of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs on Skomer this morning, with a small number of Blackcaps thrown in. Some of the bushes, especially at Moorey Mere, were stuffed full of the warblers, all catching midges.

Plenty of auks, Kittiwakes and Fulmars on the cliffs on Skomer now, and Puffins in North Haven and towards High Cliff, although it is still fairly early in the season. And Manx Shearwaters heard last night, although none seen at sea either yesterday or today.

Highlight of a potter around the islands and cliffs at the south of Ramsey today (when we were out of the freezing fog!) was a female/juvenile-type Merlin chasing a pipit. it finally caught it after a stunning display of aerobatics around the cliffs.

On our way to/from the Islands, a Red-throated Diver off St Anne's Head, a Great Northern near Ramsey, and nine Sandwich Terns feeding in ones and twos between Gateholm and the Deer Park.