Saturday, 9 October 2010

A flock of seven Eiders flying south off the west coast was the most unusual sighting of the morning. A Hen Harrier was seen drifting along the mountainside, a Great Northern Diver flew by and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at the plantation. A reasonable variety of small migrants included a Reed Warbler, a Whinchat, two Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Ring Ouzel, a Reed Bunting and six Lapland Buntings, as well as 12 Swallows, two Grey Wagtails, six Song Thrushes, six Blackcaps, ten Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, nine Goldcrests, nine Blue Tits, 22 Great Tits, 68 Starlings, 70 Chaffinches, a Greenfinch, 15 Siskins and 29 Goldfinches. A Common Sandpiper was the best of the waders, although a Golden Plover and a Lapwing also arrived, while other noteworthy sightings included 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Common Scoters and a Great Skua offshore, a Water Rail in the withies and two Grey Herons.

Hen Harrier (c) Ben Porter
Greater spotted Woodpecker (c) Ben Porter

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