Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Sea passage again provided the most interesting birding, with the wind helping to push birds close to the island. Three Great Northern Divers flew south close in front of the north hide during the morning; although each one was an adult moulting into its winter plumage, and the three sightings were at widely-spaced intervals – arousing suspicion that it may have been the same bird just flying around in circles. Around 12500 Kittiwakes were feeding distantly offshore, while birds seen heading south included 2870 auks (mostly Razorbills), three Manx Shearwaters, two Fulmars, a Little Gull and three Golden Plovers. Two Black Redstarts remained on the island, 17 Skylarks were in the arable fields, the Bar-tailed Godwit was still with the Curlews, and four Fieldfares, seven Song Thrushes and 20 Redwings were logged.

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