Tuesday 4 August 2009

Tim Departs

Tuesday 4th August comments:
The wind increased but it remained calm enough for a few visitor boats in the morning – but nothing in the afternoon - just a bit too rough! It was a mixed day as passage birds continued to move through, especially seabirds and we said goodbye as first of the warden team departed for pastures new.

Tim Wallis, on this seasons short-term contract departed the Farnes today having spent an enjoyable four months with us. Tim worked and lived as part of the Brownsman team, helping to monitor the seabirds of the outer group and help with the daily visitor work on Staple Island. Tim is heading for pastures new following the completion of his contract and we all wish him well for the future. It’s strange that we’re already seeing the team leave, and sadly we'll see more departures at the end of September, as the Farnes year progresses.

Seawatching: Manx Shearwater 177N, Sooty Shearwater 1S, Balearic Shearwater 1 south at 10:30 - first of theyear - good views as it flew through Staple Sound, Great Skua 1N, Arctic Skua 7S and 3 lingering.

Highlights: Tufted Duck 2S, Pintail female-type on Knoxes Reef, Green Sandpiper 3 west, Common Sandpiper 2, Golden Plover 250, Whimbrel 2, Grey Plover 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 34, Dunlin 2, Roseate Tern 2 and Swift 4S.

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