Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Second Helpings

2nd this year; Greenish Warbler arrives on Brownsman (Ciaran Hatsell)

Still present; Balearic Shearwater (Ciaran Hatsell)

A rare Mediterranean visitor; Balearic Shearwater (David Kinchin-smith)

Plenty of Manx Shearwater's (Ciaran Hatsell) 

..and our 2nd cuckoo of the year is still with us (David Steel)

Wednesday 28th August comments: Another day and another impressive array of arrivals. The morning began with over 800 Manx Shearwaters and 31 Sooty Shearwaters, and that was all before 9am! Chuck in a scattering of migrant birds and the lingering Cuckoo (for its third day on Inner Farne), it was a bright start to another day on the Farnes.

Not long after breakfast a Greenish Warbler was found on Brownsman; the same bird as seen at the weekend? No! This individual was unringed, indicating a new arrival (our second of the year) and adding to the collection of east coast arrivals.

And we weren’t finished there! The large number of Manx Shearwaters brought one of the lingering Balearic Shearwaters into Inner Sound between Inner Farne and the mainland, whilst a pod of Harbour Porpoise added to the scene. Finally, the Citrine Wagtail which was discovered yesterday (our second this year) was rediscovered, completing another stunning morning.

So why not come out and share this with us? With daily bird ringing demonstrations, birds coming and going and the chance of a cetacean or two, why not visit and enjoy one of the finest nature reserves in Europe.  

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