Tuesday, 20 September 2011

An Eider Duck off the west and Balearic Shearwater off the south tip were the highlights of another rather quiet day. The flock of around 1000 Kittiwakes was still off the south tip, and 45 Black-headed Gulls, five Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, a juvenile Little Gull, 36 Common Terns, eight Arctic Terns, 36 'Commic' Terns and three Black Terns were also among them. A small passage of hirundines, finches, wagtails and pipits overhead during the morning amounted to: two Skylarks, 49 Swallows, House Martins, 118 Meadow Pipits, four Grey Wagtails, 21 ‘alba’ Wagtails, 35 White Wagtails, 21 Chaffinches, five Siskins, six Goldfinches, 235 Linnets and four Lesser Redpolls. Good numbers of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests were also present, with 16, 31 and 21 seen respectively; a Willow Warbler was also among these and 22 Wheatears were around the coast. A Water Rail was seen in Ty Pellaf Withy, whilst the usual Sparrowhawk and Kestrel harassed small prey around the mountain.

Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Blackcap

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