Monday, 30 September 2013

There were plenty of migrants around today, and one or two scarcities managed to find their way to the island in the gusty easterlies. Yellow-browed Warblers were present in their highest numbers so far this year: at least three individuals flitted around the island's gardens and withies, although there may well have been five- the mobile nature of the birds did not allow an accurate figure to be calculated.
In the morning, a flock of ten Crossbills flying South over the mountain made their presence known by their 'glip-glip' calls- another individual also took the same path minutes later.
A probable Wryneck was seen very briefly in the New Plantation mid-morning, whilst singles of Yellow WagtailTree PipitCommon Redstart and Whinchat were recorded in other areas.
The first Red-breasted Merganser of the year made a belated appearance today, with one seen in Cafn late afternoon. A small number of waders passing through included a Ruff over the South End, and two Jack Snipes in the wetlands.

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