|One of the nearly fledged fulmar chicks, Calum came face to face to one and got splattered.|
|Calum in action|
|A sanderling, an uncommon record for the island.|
The island isn't very big but when you have to hike and scramble all round the high water mark it suddenly seems much bigger. Kirkhaven to the Lowlight takes 5 mins to walk along Holymans but following the coast it takes over a hour. But with a sun overhead and an open sea to the right it was a pleasure. The totals are below:
Turnstone 140, Purple sandpipers 20, Curlew 64, Redshank 18, Oystercatcher 69, Sanderling 1, Common sandpiper 3, Golden plover 1.
And though some are good totals, the number of purple sandpipers is depressingly small. And even more depressing was that the other group covering the north half of the island found a corncrake very nice record!
And once the fog cleared it appears that the Northern Lighthouse board supply ship the Pharos has been moored off the island but we never knew it was there.