Wednesday, 26 September 2012

By far the best bird of the day, if not the year, did not appear until late on in the afternoon. The Little Bunting was first seen in the field by Ty Capel, before relocating to the Plantation, and remained quite elusive and mobile for the rest of the day. This is the first record since 2005, and is the thirteenth record for the island. 

The highlights from elsewhere on the island included the Greater-spotted Woodpecker, a Black Redstart, a Garden Warbler, six Spotted Flycatchers, and two Lapland Buntings. A Red-breasted Merganser, a Golden Plover, seven Arctic Skuas, a Long-tailed Skua, a Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull and two Merlins flew past both out to sea and inland.

More common passerine-migrants during the day included two Skylarks, 22 Swallows, 107 Meadow Pipits, three Grey Wagtails, a Whitethroat, 29 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, 66 Goldcrests, five Spotted Flycatchers and 51 Chaffinches.

 Signs of the Greater-spotted Woodpecker's presence are apparent in many places at Nant at the moment

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