Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The past few days have been much the same on the weather front with winds blustering from the south, west and north west.

An adult Long-tailed Skua and first winter Little Gull passed south down the west coast in the morning of the 27th with a count off up too 3100 Kittiwake, some forming a feeding flock on the south end and others passing out on the west.

First winter Kittiwake

(C) Pete Howlett

Aside from a Black Redstart at the farm then later appearing in the observatory garden, the 28th didn't provide much on the passerine front, out at sea on the west and south coast was where all the action took place. A nice passage of Skua's throughout the day amounted too 3 Pomerine Skua's, 7 Arctic Skua's and 32 Great Skua's. Add to that 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 92 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 32 Manx Shearwater and 5 Golden Plover for some pleasant sea watching.

Gannets and Razorbills continue to move in good numbers over the past few days along the coasts

(C) Pete Howlett

(C) Pete Howlett

The 29th again was a fairly quiet day on the birding front, singles of Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a few Great Skua's passed at sea. Whilst on land 57 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting and 700 Starling were scattered throughout the island. A new Firecrest was feeding alongside a handful of Goldcrest's at the plantation whilst 1 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Skylarks flew overhead. 

Presumably the same Hooded Crow that has been seen over the past week or so frequents one of the beaches on the island, feeding alongside the chough

(C) Pete Howlett

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