Sunday, 25 September 2011

A very changeable day weather-wise saw patchy cloud and light winds in the morning, and then strong winds and heavy rains coming in from the South later on. Visible migration took place throughout the day, although the only slightly scarcer species among them were two Whinchats at Nant and by the Schoolhouse, two Yellow Wagtails at either ends of the island and a Reed Warbler at Cristin. Fly-overs for the day included 11 Skylarks, six Sand Martins, 782 Swallows, nine House Martins, 170 Meadow Pipits, four Grey Wagtails, 37 Pied Wagtails, 20 White Wagtails, 57 'alba' Wagtails, 58 Chaffinches, five Siskins, seven Goldfiches and two Lesser Redpolls, whilst three Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs and nine Goldcrests were the only warblers around. 
Despite the calm conditions, a decent passage of seabirds took place out to sea; highlights included a Pomarine Skua, two Great Skuas, two Little Gulls and 22 Common Scoters. Two Ringed Plovers, six Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, a Snipe, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits and three Whimbrels were the most noteworthy waders around.

 Black-headed Gulls
The first Brick of the year was trapped in Cristin Withy

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