Tuesday, 30 September 2014

There was a slight change in the weather today, as the southerly wind gradually picked up through the day, and brought some drizzly rain towards the late afternoon. It was still a reasonable day's birding on the island: a single Black Tern, 34 Mediterranean Gulls, 26 Common Terns and four Sandwich Terns flew south out to sea in the morning; the Hoopoe showed well (although distantly) at intervals during the day; and the day's visible migration counts included two Skylarks, 73 Swallows, four House Martins, 317 Meadow Pipits, a flava Wagtail, 26 Grey Wagtails, seven White Wagtails, five Starlings and a Lapland Bunting. Singles of Whinchat, Song Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat and Yellow-browed Warbler were seen inland.

This unfortunate Hoopoe has been marauded by Peregrines, Sparrohawks, Carrion Crows, Magpies and even Choughs, but has managed to elude capture, and continues to favour areas of the mountainside for feeding
At least two Merlins have been present in recent days

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