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2013 2013 2013 <div class="MsoNormal">September began quietly on the bird front with two <b>Water Rail</b>, a <b>Dunlin</b>, two <b>Snipe</b>, a <b>Whimbrel</b>, six <b>Curlew</b>, a <b>Redshank</b>, a <b>Common Sandpiper</b>, a <b>Cuckoo</b>, 27 <b>Swallow</b>, two <b>Tree Pipit</b>, four <b>Yellow Wagtail</b>, 42 <b><i>alba</i>wagtail</b> including eight <b>White Wagtail</b>, five <b>Robin</b>, 11 <b>Wheatear</b>, a <b>Song Thrush</b>, three <b>Sedge Warbler</b>, a <b>Garden Warbler</b>, two <b>Whitethroat</b>, seven <b>Willow Warbler</b> and a <b>Spotted Flycatcher</b>. Four <b>Common Dolphin</b>were close in off the Lighthouse, continuing our long run of daily sightings. Much of our day was spent making the most of the dry conditions by digging out the drainage pipes which run under the main track but which seemingly blocked up years ago. It is hard work and will take several days. On the subject of hard work, we are again coming around to the time of year when the Skokholm work party returns to the Island to take care of some of the larger maintenance jobs we face. We are currently trying to compile an archive of work party photos. If anyone out there has any photos for the archive, please send them to Sam O’Shea at 21 Sherrard Drive, Sileby, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 7SG. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3bWmCudNpU/UiOvaeCqYPI/AAAAAAAACLc/qBLCVF2ejC4/s1600/IMG_5586.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3bWmCudNpU/UiOvaeCqYPI/AAAAAAAACLc/qBLCVF2ejC4/s640/IMG_5586.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Manx Shearwater chicks are reaching the most vulnerable stage of their development on Skokholm. They come to their burrow entrances on a night to stretch their wings before spending a night or two taking their first flights around the Island. They are spending a lot of time on the surface and they sometimes fail to make it back underground by the time the sun rises. The Great Black-backed Gulls make the most of their vulnerability on land. © Richard Brown<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wOn8I_d2VAY/UiOwjeOjf6I/AAAAAAAACLo/82WCean_QA0/s1600/DSC_0300.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wOn8I_d2VAY/UiOwjeOjf6I/AAAAAAAACLo/82WCean_QA0/s640/DSC_0300.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sYz5lJv6Jwg/UiOxCzMq1vI/AAAAAAAACLw/mLjcOE-C5zU/s1600/DSC_0312.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sYz5lJv6Jwg/UiOxCzMq1vI/AAAAAAAACLw/mLjcOE-C5zU/s640/DSC_0312.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">We have seen some stunning sunsets this week, but tonight was really spectacular. © Phil Brennan<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sG13_gE9Sh4/UiOx86XB93I/AAAAAAAACL8/a_ZFbP7LUYo/s1600/DSC_4754.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sG13_gE9Sh4/UiOx86XB93I/AAAAAAAACL8/a_ZFbP7LUYo/s640/DSC_4754.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The drainage pipe clearing team. When we arrived on Skokholm this spring the track was awash with water, water which was running down the hill, taking large amounts of track with it and providing good growing conditions for extremely slippy algae. Sorting the drainage out will make life much easier in the future. © Richard Brown<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SAih-SZ-xuQ/UiOyiiQca-I/AAAAAAAACME/V-YHauPeZy0/s1600/DSC_4756.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SAih-SZ-xuQ/UiOyiiQca-I/AAAAAAAACME/V-YHauPeZy0/s640/DSC_4756.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Phil Brennan has produced yet another fantastic painting, our favourite of the week. The Quarry is a spectacular place and Phil has managed to capture it brilliantly. © Phil Brennan<o:p></o:p></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6BzAvwHlxcY/UY6KSmLhwjI/AAAAAAAABDA/ZYu32dto2Rs/s1600/Badger.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6BzAvwHlxcY/UY6KSmLhwjI/AAAAAAAABDA/ZYu32dto2Rs/s200/Badger.png" width="150" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Come and stay</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.welshwildlife.org/islandaccom/staying-on-skokholm/"><span style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">http://www.welshwildlife.org/islandaccom/staying-on-skokholm/</span></a></div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="MsoNormal">September began quietly on the bird front with two <b>Water Rail</b>, a <b>Dunlin</b>, two <b>Snipe</b>, a <b>Whimbrel</b>, six <b>Curlew</b>, a <b>Redshank</b>, a <b>Common Sandpiper</b>, a <b>Cuckoo</b>, 27 <b>Swallow</b>, two <b>Tree Pipit</b>, four <b>Yellow Wagtail</b>, 42 <b><i>alba</i>wagtail</b> including eight <b>White Wagtail</b>, five <b>Robin</b>, 11 <b>Wheatear</b>, a <b>Song Thrush</b>, three <b>Sedge Warbler</b>, a <b>Garden Warbler</b>, two <b>Whitethroat</b>, seven <b>Willow Warbler</b> and a <b>Spotted Flycatcher</b>. Four <b>Common Dolphin</b>were close in off the Lighthouse, continuing our long run of daily sightings. Much of our day was spent making the most of the dry conditions by digging out the drainage pipes which run under the main track but which seemingly blocked up years ago. It is hard work and will take several days. On the subject of hard work, we are again coming around to the time of year when the Skokholm work party returns to the Island to take care of some of the larger maintenance jobs we face. We are currently trying to compile an archive of work party photos. If anyone out there has any photos for the archive, please send them to Sam O’Shea at 21 Sherrard Drive, Sileby, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 7SG. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3bWmCudNpU/UiOvaeCqYPI/AAAAAAAACLc/qBLCVF2ejC4/s1600/IMG_5586.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3bWmCudNpU/UiOvaeCqYPI/AAAAAAAACLc/qBLCVF2ejC4/s640/IMG_5586.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Manx Shearwater chicks are reaching the most vulnerable stage of their development on Skokholm. They come to their burrow entrances on a night to stretch their wings before spending a night or two taking their first flights around the Island. They are spending a lot of time on the surface and they sometimes fail to make it back underground by the time the sun rises. The Great Black-backed Gulls make the most of their vulnerability on land. © Richard Brown<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wOn8I_d2VAY/UiOwjeOjf6I/AAAAAAAACLo/82WCean_QA0/s1600/DSC_0300.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wOn8I_d2VAY/UiOwjeOjf6I/AAAAAAAACLo/82WCean_QA0/s640/DSC_0300.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sYz5lJv6Jwg/UiOxCzMq1vI/AAAAAAAACLw/mLjcOE-C5zU/s1600/DSC_0312.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sYz5lJv6Jwg/UiOxCzMq1vI/AAAAAAAACLw/mLjcOE-C5zU/s640/DSC_0312.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">We have seen some stunning sunsets this week, but tonight was really spectacular. © Phil Brennan<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sG13_gE9Sh4/UiOx86XB93I/AAAAAAAACL8/a_ZFbP7LUYo/s1600/DSC_4754.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sG13_gE9Sh4/UiOx86XB93I/AAAAAAAACL8/a_ZFbP7LUYo/s640/DSC_4754.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The drainage pipe clearing team. When we arrived on Skokholm this spring the track was awash with water, water which was running down the hill, taking large amounts of track with it and providing good growing conditions for extremely slippy algae. Sorting the drainage out will make life much easier in the future. © Richard Brown<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SAih-SZ-xuQ/UiOyiiQca-I/AAAAAAAACME/V-YHauPeZy0/s1600/DSC_4756.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SAih-SZ-xuQ/UiOyiiQca-I/AAAAAAAACME/V-YHauPeZy0/s640/DSC_4756.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Phil Brennan has produced yet another fantastic painting, our favourite of the week. The Quarry is a spectacular place and Phil has managed to capture it brilliantly. © Phil Brennan<o:p></o:p></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6BzAvwHlxcY/UY6KSmLhwjI/AAAAAAAABDA/ZYu32dto2Rs/s1600/Badger.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6BzAvwHlxcY/UY6KSmLhwjI/AAAAAAAABDA/ZYu32dto2Rs/s200/Badger.png" width="150" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Come and stay</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.welshwildlife.org/islandaccom/staying-on-skokholm/"><span style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">http://www.welshwildlife.org/islandaccom/staying-on-skokholm/</span></a></div><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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