A few hours on Skomer Island this morning in search of yesterday’s Blyth’s Reed Warbler, which sadly didn’t put in an appearance. We did see a Reed Warbler by North Pond, still a scarce bird on Skomer, along with a Sand Martin and a Willow Warbler which were late migrants. A female Shoveler was carefully guarding around 10 small chicks in North Stream Valley, and a pair of Shelduck were similarly watchful of their brood of 9 chicks on North Pond. 2 day flying Short-eared Owls entertained in North Valley, a fledged chick has already been seen from one of the 3 pairs on the island. Really enjoyed watching the Kittiwakes collecting nesting material from Moory Mere – love their calls especially! Just 6 days until my first ‘limited edition’ guided walk on the island….can’t wait. Let’s hope the weather is as idyllic as it was today – St. Bride’s Bay was like a Mill Pond. Also nice to see my friend Drew Buckley who no doubt took some stunning photographs, as he usually does!