Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The day’s highlight came in the middle of the afternoon when a Quail was flushed from the South End. At least seven Lapland Buntings were seen around the island and a good southward passage of 58 Grey Wagtails was noted during the morning. A selection of other landbirds included a Redstart, a Whinchat, a Yellow Wagtail, 26 White Wagtails, a Garden Warbler, four Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, 15 Goldcrests, two Skylarks and a couple of Siskins. Five Sand Martins, five House Martins and 141 Swallows passed through, while the only seabirds worth mentioning were 27 Black-headed Gulls and nine Sandwich Terns.

Lapland Longspur. Top, (c) Steve Stansfield. Bottom, (c) Ben Porter.

A variety of finches including Linnets (top) and Redpolls (bottom) have been feeding on the seed-laden heads of the sunflowers. (c) Ben Porter
Spotted Flycatcher. (c) Ben Porter
Two Grey Herons have been present around the narrows in recent days.(c) Ben Porter

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