Sunday, 25 October 2009

In stark contrast to the previous day, only small numbers of thrushes and finches were present on the island; a mass exodus having clearly taken place overnight. Just seven Song Thrushes and five Redwings were seen, while Chaffinches were down to 34. Greenfinches did arrive in number during the morning, with 108 counted. Small numbers of birds were observed moving offshore throughout the day, and the highlights were two Great Skuas, three Manx Shearwaters, five Mediterranean Gulls, eight Golden Plovers and a reasonable passage of 102 Gannets. Other birds seen included two Merlins, two Kestrels, a Brambling, a Lesser Redpoll, two Reed Buntings, five Great Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Chiffchaffs and three Goldcrests.

Gannet (c) Richard Brown

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