Sunday, 15 November 2009

Four Fulmars were the highlight of a short seawatch, while landbirds remained in short supply. A Water Rail was at Cristin, three Skylarks and 400 Starlings were in the arable fields, and a couple of Goldcrests and four Chiffchaffs were seen in and around the plantation. Numbers of finches and thrushes remained much the same: two Lesser Redpolls, 40 Chaffinches, eight Goldfinches, 12 Blackbirds, eight Song Thrushes, four Fieldfares and two Redwings.

Moth trapping has pretty much come to an end for the year, as few species are still on the wing this late in the autumn. After a few good additions in 2009, the island’s moth list now stands at 324 species. In a remarkable coincidence, this is exactly the same as the number of birds that have been recorded here.

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