Thursday, 7 October 2010

The first Richard’s Pipit of the autumn was the highlight of the morning’s visible landbird passage that also involved 39 Skylarks, a Tree Pipit, three Grey Wagtails and 20 Swallows. A Great Skua sat in the North-west Fields provided a rare opportunity to see this species on the ground. A large feeding flock of Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls that drifted by in the afternoon was found to contain a juvenile Sabine’s Gull, two Little Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Tern. An extraordinary arrival of some 80 Great Tits and 35 Blue Tits took place in the morning, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still sheltering at Nant and seven Wheatears, three Song Thrushes, four Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrests, 21 Starlings, four Greenfinches, 11 Siskins, a Reed Bunting and a Lapland Bunting were also logged. A Golden Plover and a Knot flew south and a Red-throated Diver passed by at sea.

Great Tit (c) Ben Porter
Sabine's Gull (c) Ben Porter

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