Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The first Snow Bunting of the year was the day’s best arrival, as more strong southerly winds continued to hold up most bird migration. A Firecrest sheltering amongst the cliffs and boulders on the South End was clearly new-in, as was a late Wheatear. 60 Greenfinches, 30 Chaffinches, a Brambling, five Skylarks and two Grey Wagtails were on the move during the morning, along with at least 60 Starlings. Steady sea passage involved 970 auks (nearly all of which were probably Razorbills), a Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, a Little Gull, seven Common Scoters and a Great Northern Diver, while the usual gull flock in the afternoon contained three Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Tern amongst the commoner species. Counts of other migrant landbirds remained very low: ten Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, two Goldcrests, four Redwings, two Song Thrushes, two Reed Buntings, six Great Tits, a Blue Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Four Teal were in Solfach and a Golden Plover was on the South End.

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