Monday, 13 August 2012

Autumn keeps going

Well the weather is still amazing compared to earlier in the season, a bit of rain in the last few days but still gentle, warm southerlies after the harsh, chilled northerlies of the start of the year.  And before the forecasted winds possibly hit later in the week I thought I'd make a plea to the weather gods with some more pictures of Skomer in the sun!

At the moment the Kittiwakes are still hanging on to a few of the cliffs, with some juveniles yet to leave the nest, so they are still giving good viewings all around the coast.  Passage birds are also making a showing with Willow Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher all hanging round.

The Gulls are still around in good numbers, even harassing the Marsh Harrier which made it out from the mainland today!  And out at sea we are seeing a few movements, like the Scoter below.  A sure sign that its time to spend an evening or too on the cliffs to see passage birds making their way past.  And even if there aren't then the Manxies are putting on a good show.  There are still a few spaces in the hostel if you're yet to experience the huge rafts in the evening and the raucous calls in the dead of night.  Or else the evening boat trips are a brilliant way to get closer to the birds floating en mass out in the bay.

'til next time,
Lewis (Hostel Warden)

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