Saturday, 19 November 2011

A day of warm temperatures, brisk South-easterly winds and clear blue skies saw many more noteworthy birds on and off the island. The first Little Auk since November 2009 was seen briefly off the north end in the morning, along with an Great Skua, a Great Northern Diver, an adult Little Gull, seven Common Scoters and a handful of Gannets and Fulmars. A Snow Bunting was seen on the South end early on, a Short-eared Owl flushed off the track, and the usual scattering of passerines around the island included 15 Meadow Pipits, 17 Blackbirds, a Redwing, two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, four Goldcrests, 1280 Starlings, 34 Chaffinches, 10 Goldfinches, 28 Linnets and a male Bullfinch at Cristin. A Shelduck flew along the West Side in the morning, the Brent Geese remained on the narrows and a male Sparrowhawk was trapped at Cristin, adding another species to the year ringing list.

Brent Goose

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