Thursday, 22 October 2009

Some determined migrants had taken the opportunity of a slightly less windy day to resume their passage southwards, and some good counts of common species were made. Woodpigeons had been very few and far between for a week or so, but around two hundred individuals flew north over the island during the morning. In their company, a Stock Dove arrived at the Plantation: only the second one this year. 850 Starlings stopped to feed on the Narrows, while 22 Skylarks, two Swallows and two Grey Wagtails carried on South. Many flocks of finches passed over head or gathered at the Plantation. Counts by the end of the day totalled 175 Greenfinches, 110 Chaffinches, 45 Siskins, seven Bramblings, three Goldfinches and two Redpolls. Two Black Redstarts were present, as well as a Wheatear, five Reed Buntings, 16 Blackbirds, nine Redwings, two Song Thrushes, seven Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, three Goldcrests and a Jackdaw. A Golden Plover was on the South End, and 2600 Razorbills, nine Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Gull passed by at sea.

Wood Pigeons with Stock Dove top left (above) and bottom right (below) (c) Richard Brown

Brambling (c) Richard Else

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