Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The South-westerly wind picked up considerably during the night, and brought much of the visible migration to a standstill. A Sabine’s Gull, four Little Gulls, a Balearic Shearwater and two Black Terns were feeding with a flock of Kittiwakes off the North end of the island in the morning, whilst other birds passing by at sea included a Red-throated Diver, two Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua. Very few passerines were seen inland, although a Blackcap, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and four Goldcrests sheltered in the increasingly leafless vegetation, whilst a couple of Skylarks were on the North end, and 26 Wheatears around the coast comprised mostly of Greenland-race birds. Three Siskins were seen in the plantation, a House Martin passed through and a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel remained as the only birds of prey around.

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