Eleanor went for a early morning run around the island of St Marys and circumnavigated the whole island whilst keeping to the well-maintained coastal track. After that it was another good hike around the island and the best birds located included six Yellow-browed Warblers, four Firecrests, a Ring Ouzel, a Wryneck, a probable Siberian Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher and still a good selection of chats, warblers and wagtails. For some reason we are not seeing Merlins on the islands this year, the daily raptor total sticking at just Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.
A rather unusually-marked and very yellow Chiffchaff was trapped and ringed.
Still good numbers of late butterflies included Comma and Clouded Yellow.
First year male Blackbird