Sunday, 7 November 2010

Yet another day of glorious but cool weather conditions brought less in the way of birds today; the highlights being a Great northern Diver and Red throated Diver seen at sea in the morning and a couple Short eared Owls in the wetlands. The usual gull flock off the north end consisted of 55 Black headed Gulls, 7 Common Gulls, 72 Kittiwakes and a Mediterranean Gull today. Twenty Common Scoters were seen amongst 310 Razorbills that trickled by at sea all day. There wasn't as much in the way of fly-overs today although 18 Skylarks, 28 Meadow Pipits, 4 Bramblings, 38 Chaffinches, a Redpoll, 3 Siskin and 5 Reed Buntings headed south throughout the day. Even before light, the laugh-like call of the Fieldfare could be heard and as dawn broke, a scattering of thrushes were seen all over the island: 28 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 13 Song Thrushes, 14 Blackbirds and 44 Redwings were the counts.

Two Short eared Owls spent most of the day in the wetlands. (c) Ben Porter
The usual flock of Starlings were again on Solfach in amongst the Chough. (c) Ben Porter
Stonechat. (c) Ben Porter
This Feathered Thorn found on the north side of the mountain was another addition to the island's list. (c) Ben Porter

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