Thursday, 11 October 2012

A day of persistent rain saw little of interest to report on the island. The Citrine Wagtail was seen on Solfach in the morning, however by midday the bird had disappeared and was not seen again. The most noteworthy sightings of the morning included the first Woodcock of the autumn, 13 Wigeons and two Teals out to sea, three Merlins along the coast, a Water Rail on Pencristin, two Whimbrels on the coast and three Greater-spotted Woodpeckers. A small arrival of passerine-migrants midday saw a few thrushes and warblers joining the birds already on the island, with numbers coming to 53 Blackbirds, 23 Song Thrushes, 17 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Garden Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, six Willow Warblers, 41 Goldcrests and a Spotted Flycatcher.

 Up to three Greater-spotted Woodpeckers have been seen in recent days-this bird was falling asleep in the afternoon sunshine 
Around 105 migrant Chaffinches were seen today

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