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2013 2013 2013 <div class="MsoNormal">Calm seas, such as we had today, are perfect for spotting cetaceans as even a quick flash of dorsal fin, which could easily be lost among the waves on rougher days, stands out. Add to this the large numbers of <b>Gannet </b>feeding offshore today (which point the way to where cetaceans might also be feeding), and it was always going to be good dolphin watching. A minimum of 16 <b>Common Dolphin</b> were seen throughout the day, although it is likely that many more animals were involved. A further nine very distant dolphins were definitely additional to the 16 and what seemed like a large animal, possibly a <b>Bottlenose Dolphin</b>, was also seen briefly. Amazingly not a single <b>Manx Shearwater</b> was seen during all the seawatching. Indeed it was relatively quiet at sea with 457 <b>Gannet</b>, five <b>Cormorant</b>, two <b>Black-headed Gull</b>, 70 <b>Kittiwake</b>, two <b>Sandwich Tern</b> and two <b>‘commic’ tern</b>. The Island was similarly quiet with a <b>Water Rail</b>, a juvenile <b>Cuckoo</b>, 21 <b>Swallow</b>, 31 <b><i>alba</i> wagtail</b>, two <b>Robin</b>, a <b>Whinchat</b>, nine <b>Wheatear</b>, seven <b>Sedge Warbler</b>, three <b>Whitethroat</b>, a <b>Chiffchaff </b>and 13 <b>Willow Warbler</b>. A <b>Reed Warbler</b> trapped at the Well was ringed a week ago and is presumably the bird we have been seeing in the vicinity most days. <b>Storm Petrel</b> ringing continued last night and today we ringed three chicks in the study burrows. The <b>Manx Shearwaters</b>are now fledging en masse with glossy juveniles, many still with patches of fluffy down, littering the tracks on a night. The <b>Great Black-backed Gulls</b> and <b>Ravens </b>were both seen making the most of all this newly available food today. <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/-x1MY9cHrLB8/UiJhuasL_cI/AAAAAAAACKs/zO4bNz8Plmc/s1600/DSC_0249.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x1MY9cHrLB8/UiJhuasL_cI/AAAAAAAACKs/zO4bNz8Plmc/s640/DSC_0249.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-40YpdC8EHVg/UiJh6byiBkI/AAAAAAAACK0/C1cCEym4UPc/s1600/DSC_0247.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-40YpdC8EHVg/UiJh6byiBkI/AAAAAAAACK0/C1cCEym4UPc/s640/DSC_0247.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jnNlRt06wU4/UiJiJ0d1YkI/AAAAAAAACK8/a2Jp4EzKAV8/s1600/DSC_0248.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jnNlRt06wU4/UiJiJ0d1YkI/AAAAAAAACK8/a2Jp4EzKAV8/s640/DSC_0248.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">We continued digging the North Pond wader scrapes today. A Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, five Curlew, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Turnstone all went over, perhaps remembering Skokholm as a potential refuelling stop. However this year the water is long gone, and another period of high pressure means that it will still be a while yet before we have standing water. © 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://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7408kjxkblM/UiJiYkfEwkI/AAAAAAAACLE/y0cw3MJXGOI/s1600/DSC_4728.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7408kjxkblM/UiJiYkfEwkI/AAAAAAAACLE/y0cw3MJXGOI/s640/DSC_4728.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Storm Petrel chick has lost weight in the last 24 hours, however it has also grown considerably with the primaries with which it will fly down to the South Atlantic now protruding from the wing stub. © Giselle Eagle<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/-oywFdZKCfFU/UiJi2NkJt2I/AAAAAAAACLM/DAAJXtJP61Y/s1600/IMG_5571.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oywFdZKCfFU/UiJi2NkJt2I/AAAAAAAACLM/DAAJXtJP61Y/s640/IMG_5571.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Grasshopper Warbler yesterday was the first of the autumn and nowhere to be seen today. © Richard Brown</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><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">Calm seas, such as we had today, are perfect for spotting cetaceans as even a quick flash of dorsal fin, which could easily be lost among the waves on rougher days, stands out. Add to this the large numbers of <b>Gannet </b>feeding offshore today (which point the way to where cetaceans might also be feeding), and it was always going to be good dolphin watching. A minimum of 16 <b>Common Dolphin</b> were seen throughout the day, although it is likely that many more animals were involved. A further nine very distant dolphins were definitely additional to the 16 and what seemed like a large animal, possibly a <b>Bottlenose Dolphin</b>, was also seen briefly. Amazingly not a single <b>Manx Shearwater</b> was seen during all the seawatching. Indeed it was relatively quiet at sea with 457 <b>Gannet</b>, five <b>Cormorant</b>, two <b>Black-headed Gull</b>, 70 <b>Kittiwake</b>, two <b>Sandwich Tern</b> and two <b>‘commic’ tern</b>. The Island was similarly quiet with a <b>Water Rail</b>, a juvenile <b>Cuckoo</b>, 21 <b>Swallow</b>, 31 <b><i>alba</i> wagtail</b>, two <b>Robin</b>, a <b>Whinchat</b>, nine <b>Wheatear</b>, seven <b>Sedge Warbler</b>, three <b>Whitethroat</b>, a <b>Chiffchaff </b>and 13 <b>Willow Warbler</b>. A <b>Reed Warbler</b> trapped at the Well was ringed a week ago and is presumably the bird we have been seeing in the vicinity most days. <b>Storm Petrel</b> ringing continued last night and today we ringed three chicks in the study burrows. The <b>Manx Shearwaters</b>are now fledging en masse with glossy juveniles, many still with patches of fluffy down, littering the tracks on a night. The <b>Great Black-backed Gulls</b> and <b>Ravens </b>were both seen making the most of all this newly available food today. <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/-x1MY9cHrLB8/UiJhuasL_cI/AAAAAAAACKs/zO4bNz8Plmc/s1600/DSC_0249.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x1MY9cHrLB8/UiJhuasL_cI/AAAAAAAACKs/zO4bNz8Plmc/s640/DSC_0249.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-40YpdC8EHVg/UiJh6byiBkI/AAAAAAAACK0/C1cCEym4UPc/s1600/DSC_0247.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-40YpdC8EHVg/UiJh6byiBkI/AAAAAAAACK0/C1cCEym4UPc/s640/DSC_0247.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jnNlRt06wU4/UiJiJ0d1YkI/AAAAAAAACK8/a2Jp4EzKAV8/s1600/DSC_0248.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jnNlRt06wU4/UiJiJ0d1YkI/AAAAAAAACK8/a2Jp4EzKAV8/s640/DSC_0248.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">We continued digging the North Pond wader scrapes today. A Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, five Curlew, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Turnstone all went over, perhaps remembering Skokholm as a potential refuelling stop. However this year the water is long gone, and another period of high pressure means that it will still be a while yet before we have standing water. © 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://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7408kjxkblM/UiJiYkfEwkI/AAAAAAAACLE/y0cw3MJXGOI/s1600/DSC_4728.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7408kjxkblM/UiJiYkfEwkI/AAAAAAAACLE/y0cw3MJXGOI/s640/DSC_4728.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Storm Petrel chick has lost weight in the last 24 hours, however it has also grown considerably with the primaries with which it will fly down to the South Atlantic now protruding from the wing stub. © Giselle Eagle<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/-oywFdZKCfFU/UiJi2NkJt2I/AAAAAAAACLM/DAAJXtJP61Y/s1600/IMG_5571.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oywFdZKCfFU/UiJi2NkJt2I/AAAAAAAACLM/DAAJXtJP61Y/s640/IMG_5571.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The Grasshopper Warbler yesterday was the first of the autumn and nowhere to be seen today. © Richard Brown</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><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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