Hints of movement

7th July 2013 – overcast/calm
Despite the calm conditions small groups of Manx Shearwater were close inshore early morning with 53 birds logged. Also seen were 11 Common Scoter and smaller numbers of Gannet, Sandwich Tern and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Three juvenile Stonechat were good to see following the recent population crash although probably post-breeding dispersal rather than true migration.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 15 Swift flew through.
A Map-winged Swift was unusual and recently emerged residents include: Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Barred Straw, Archer’s Dart and Rustic.