Tuesday, 25 October 2011

A Spoonbill flew in over Pen Cristin this morning, and after briefly settling with a few gulls on the Narrows, took off and headed back East towards the mainland. This rather unexpected addition to the year list is only the second for the island, with the last island record being almost 60 years ago in 1953. 

A great improvement in the weather also saw many more migrants gracing the island's shores. Most notably, the first Long-eared Owl of the year was seen at Nant midday, and a Wigeon flew past the Narrows along with an adult Arctic Skua, a Great Skua, 10 Golden Plovers and two Lapwings. Two Short-eared Owls and two Woodcocks were also seen in the burnt gorse above Nant, whilst a few of the passerine-migrants on the island included two Skyalrks, 42 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, three Fieldfares, nine Song Thrushes, 18 Redwings, three Blackcaps, nine Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrests, 450 Starlings, 57 Chaffinches, 35 Greenfinches, 24 Goldfinches, six Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting.

 Willow Warbler

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