Saturday, 6 October 2012

Although there was a good scattering of common migrants, there were no new scarcities on the island on another much calmer day. The ringed Yellow-browed Warbler and the Barred Warbler remained at Nant, whilst two Greater-spotted Woodpeckers, three Song Thrushes, a Whinchat, 94 Goldcrests, and 17 Robins were seen elsewhere. Overhead passage throughout the day didn't see large numbers of birds moving, although counts were better than in recent days: 22 Skylarks, 64 Swallows, nine House Martins, 170 Meadow Pipits, four Grey Wagtails, 54 Chaffinches, a Brambling, four Greenfinches, six Lesser Redpolls and two Reed Buntings were recorded.

 This stunning female Merlin was the highlight of the day's netting activities. The very long wing length of 226mm suggests a bird of Islandic race
 Yellow-browed Warbler
 Reed Bunting
 Stonechat (upper) and Whinchat (lower)
 A good flock of up to 26 Choughs have been roosting around the east side each night, and most have been feeding on Solfach during the day

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