Sunday, 6 November 2011

With the calm spell of weather continuing, the skies were once again clear, and the winds were calm from the North-east. Plenty of passerines arrived and passed overhead during the day, the most notable species from visible migration including a Tree Pipit, a Rook, a Brambling, two Bullfinches and a Lapland Bunting; a late Wheatear on the South end was also a new arrival. Thrushes were present in greater numbers than previous days too: 50 Blackbirds, four Song Thrushes, 17 Redwings, four Mistle Thrushes and three Fieldfares were recorded. A Short-eared Owl, a Woodcock and three Snipe were seen at various locations, two Water Rails were seen in the Withies and a Black Redstart was on the South end. Five Lapwings over the Narrows were the most noteworthy waders present, whilst seven Mediterranean Gulls passed by with the usual stream of Black-headed Gulls and Kittiwakes.

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