Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Very little change from the previous day was noted, with many of the same birds still present on the island. The 11 Chiffchaffs and the same Whitethroat remained, along with a Spotted Flycatcher. Goldcrests increased to eight, a Song Thrush was at Cristin, nine White Wagtails were on the beach and six Grey Wagtails, two Siskins, a Redpoll and nine Goldfinches were counted. The three Teals, two Knots, Bar-tailed Godwit, Water Rail and Snipe were recorded again, and a Mediterranean Gull, three Common Gulls and a notable build up of 656 Kittiwakes were seen at sea.

The contents of the moth trap are not quite as varied and exciting at this time of year as they can be at the height of summer, but a selection of autumnal species is present nevertheless. The best moth in the last few days was a Red-green Carpet caught in Cristin Withy, which may be only the second record for the island.

Bar-tailed Godwit
(c) Ben Porter

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