Wednesday, 28 October 2009

At least eight Black Redstarts were still present in the morning, but there were not many new arrivals. Four Swallows flew south, as did 12 Skylarks, and around 900 Starlings were around the Narrows. The sunflower field near the chapel was, as usual, popular with the finches, with 135 Chaffinches, 51 Greenfinches, 11 Goldfinches, six Siskins and a Redpoll showing interest in the crop of seeds. A Bullfinch was in Nant Withy and 14 Reed Buntings were counted around the lowlands. Most of the previous day’s thrushes had moved on, leaving just 38 Redwings, 30 Blackbirds, 12 Song Thrushes and two Fieldfares on the island. Three Water Rails were heard squealing, two Lapwings flew south, a Ringed Plover was on the beach and a Little Gull was seen feeding off the South End. The two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were still present, and lingering passerines included four Great Tits, three Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs and the Firecrest.

Black Redstart above (c) Steve Stansfield, below (c) Richard Brown

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