Thursday, 30 October 2014

The island breathed a sigh of relief today after the weight of yesterday's birds. I'm not saying it was devoid though, there were still a decent spread of quality migrants around.

The cream of the crop was a brief Yellow-browed Warbler calling at Cristin and three Siberian Chiffchaffs that were dotted around the island. A 1st winter Black Redstart put in an appearance whilst a Woodcock flushed from the Mountain was the first this autumn. One of yesterday's Great Spotted Woodpeckers could still be found in Cristin Withy, as well as the late Whinchat in the Wetlands. Another interesting late sighting was a Whitethroat found in Cristin Withy, not too shy of our latest ever record.

Other sightings from today include one Mediterranean Gull, 23 Black-headed Gulls, and seven Common Scoters out at sea. On The Narrows one Heron34 Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, one Whimbrel, 11 Curlews, eight Redshanks, and 19 Turnstones were found.  Migrants recorded inland include the first Collared Dove for many months, 29 Skylarks, one Grey Wagtail, 26 Blackbirds, 33 Song thrushes, 23 Redwings, two Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaffs, 19 Goldcrests, 783 Starlings, 31 Chaffinches, two Greenfinches, two Goldfinches, 16 Linnets, and one Water Rail.

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