|Present daily and so impressive (Bex Outram)|
August comments: The settled weather has remained and yet again we have more
to shout about. The majority of migrants have now departed to continue their
journey south, although our Cuckoo remains as it fattens up on the islands’
abundant supply of caterpillars.
Our attention was once again focused on the sea and the
impressive numbers of Manx Shearwaters which have been present in recent days.
An early morning seawatch revealed a stunning Farnes record count of 1,008 in
one large ‘super-flock’ in Inner Sound, with two Balearic and a single Sooty
Shearwater also in attendance.
It’s hard to explain why we have these unprecedented numbers
around Farnes’ waters at this moment, although we suspect it is linked to the
huge amount of food in the adjacent sea. As well as the ‘Manxies’, over 1,000
Gannets were feeding around the islands which is an impressive sight by any
standards. Yet more evidence of how important the Farne Islands
and the surrounding waters are to our national seabirds.
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