Friday, 23 September 2011

With the wind firmly set in the South-west, very few birds were present on the island. An Arctic Skua, 29 Dunlins, nine Common Scoters and a 'Commic' Tern during the morning were the highlights from out to sea, whilst two Grey Herons were around the narrows. Eight Skylarks, 130 Meadow Pipits, 14 Pied Wagtails, 16 White Wagtails and 28 Wheatears were scattered around the coastal fields, whilst four Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 19 Goldcrests and a Spotted Flycatcher sought shelter in the island’s gardens and Withies. A Merlin was seen around the coast again, whilst the usual two Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk were inland.

               The first Autumnal Rustic (upper) of the year was trapped in Ty Pellaf garden, whilst other usual autumnal suspects included a Feathered Ranunculus (lower), Lunar Underwings and a couple of Black Rustics

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