Our first full day on St Mary's and an opportunity for a good meander along the lanes and beaches. The bird of the day was a juvenile Purple Heron, at one stage showing closely but in poor light at Lower Moors.
The fall conditions of migrants appeared to have particularly affected chats, wagtails and flycatchers as we saw excellent numbers of Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, Wheatears, Whinchats and White Wagtails all day. Waders included Whimbrel, Jack Snipe, Golden Plover and a fly-over Wood Sandpiper and a Peregrine was observed hunting over the south side of the island. Sandwich Terns were in good numbers. Other passerines located included several Goldcrests, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and plenty of Rock Pipits at the coastal edges. Warblers included Sedge, Reed, Willow and Chiffchaff and plenty of insects were on the go presumably because it was so mild and muggy.
Unfortunately the signal strength is so poor here that we are unable to download images, but hopefully we will find somewhere better to accommodate this soon.
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