|Swallows are fast and hard to photograph, however the forked tail of this Swallow is obvious in this picture taken by an amateur.|
|A flush of migrant Wheatears moved through Skomer island on the 6th of Sept|
On the 7th we recorded 13 Teal, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, a Grey Wagtail, 8 Robins, 2 Stonechats, 9 Wheatears, a Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 60+ Ravens.
Today (8th Sept) we saw 12 Teal, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, a Yellow Wagtail, 15 Robins, 2 Wheatears, a Stonechat, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, and a Pied Flycatcher. The undoubted highlight of the day however, was a Corncrake. It was flushed from a path in South Stream at 18.30 and flew into bracken, never to be seen again. It was the first Skomer record since Sept 2008.
Bee and I have been doing some work with the breeding Grey Seals and we will do a blog post explaining this work soon.
Eddie Stubbings, Skomer Warden