Friday, 16 September 2011

A day of mixed weather conditions ranged from calm sunny intervals to torrential rain storms and strong South-easterlies. The conditions did, however, result in a few scarcities turning up, the highlights being a Tufted Duck (23rd island record) off the west side in the morning, and the first Curlew Sandpiper of the year off the north end of the island in the afternoon. The flock of gulls and terns off the south tip was still there, containing around 1086 individuals today, whilst other birds passing by out to sea included 19 Common Scoters, four Great Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, a Common Gull, eight Black-headed Gulls and seven Sandwich Terns. On the wader font, 17 Dunlins passed by out to sea, four Ringed Plovers were around the narrows and a Snipe had arrived and was seen in the north-west fields. 

Despite the stronger winds, visible migration was again present, with flocks of birds flying in from the sea, and also overhead; totals of passerine-migrants amounted to: 11 Skylarks, 678 Swallows, two House Martins, a Tree Pipit, 301 Meadow Pipits, six Grey Wagtails, 57 ‘alba’ Wagtails, 12 Pied Wagtails, 117 White Wagtails, 12 Wheatears, a Grasshopper Warbler, five Whitethroats, Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrests, Spotted Flycatcher, 87 Chaffinches, four Goldfinches, 288 Linnets and two Lesser Redpolls.

 Curlew Sandpiper (2nd from the right) with 6 Dunlins (note the clean white rump and slightly larger size)
Common Gull

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