Thursday, 1 October 2009

The first day of October began with a surprising addition to the island year-list: three Velvet Scoters, in the company of some Common Scoters, flew north early in the morning. A Short time later, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose arrived at the Narrows and circled around before departing northwards, soon followed by a flock of seven Golden Plovers and a Great Northern Diver. Landbirds were represented by a much more typical selection: seven Goldcrests, six Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs, seven Wheatears, and a Redpoll spent the day on the island, while some southerly movement was evident amongst the 140 Meadow Pipits, three Grey Wagtails, 17 Skylarks and 17 Swallows. A Ringed Plover and the Bar-tailed Godwit were present, as were five Snipes – until one was dispatched by a Peregrine. Three Merlins, two Sparrowhawks and a Buzzard were also on the island. Shortly after nightfall, the first Redwing of the autumn was heard flying overhead.

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