Saturday, 26 October 2013

A break in the fairly strong winds of the past few days unfortunately brought nothing in the way of scare or rare birds yet.... however we have started to see a steady trickle of the more common autumn migrants passing through the island.

The 24th saw a nice passage of around 540 Chaffinches and with them 18 Brambling flying south down the island. Other finch numbers weren't so high but included 2 Siskin, 22 Goldfinch and 5 Lesser Redpoll.

Two of the many finches that passed overhead, female Chaffinch and Brambling

(C) Pete Howlett

On the morning of the 25th a small number of birds were attracted to the lighthouse in the early hours, these included 6 Blackbirds, 22 Song Thrushes, 56 Redwing and one Wheatear. The day continued with a good fall of thrushes amounting too 101 Song Thrushes, 296 Redwing, 62 Blackbirds, 3 FIeldfare and one Ring Ouzel.

This rather dapper Lapland Bunting also put in a brief appearance

(C) Pete Howlett

At sea a Balearic Shearwater, 245 Gannets, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 3500 Kittiwake and 925 Razorbills passed.

(C) Pete Howlett

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