Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Having delivered a day of precipitation to replenish the island’s water supply, the rainclouds departed overnight leaving calm and clear conditions once again. Two Crossbills were found at the plantation, along with 19 Goldfinches, two Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls and a large gathering of 350 agitated Chaffinches that were besieged amongst the dense trees by the circling mob of Merlins, Sparrowhawks and Peregrines. 44 Skylarks, seven Grey Wagtailsand five Swallows flew south in the morning and a Tree Pipit was amongst a flock of some 87 Meadow Pipits. At least three Great Spotted Woodpeckers were present, as well as three Great Tits, four each of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, three Blackcaps, two Song Thrushes, three Wheatears and a Starling. A Grey Heron arrived in the afternoon, 81 Black-headed Gulls and two Common Gulls were counted offshore and the gathering of waders included theBar-tailed Godwit, 12 Purple Sandpipers and a Ringed Plover. Two Water Rails and fourSnipes were in the damp lowland areas of the island.

Grey Wagtail
(c) Steven Stansfield

Tree Pipit
(c) Steven Stansfield

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