Sunday, 26 October 2014

The island was buffeted by strong winds throughout the day making it tough conditions for birds and their watchers. A 1st winter Little Gull lingered off the North End in the early afternoon while other highlights out to see include two Manx Shearwaters, one Common Scoter, one dark phase Arctic Skua, and five adult Mediterranean Gulls.  

The Narrows were bustling with birds sheltering from the wind. A total of 198 Herring Gulls46 Black-headed Gulls, and two Common Gulls were present, while an additional two 1st winter Mediterranean Gulls were picked out in the melee. The seaweed was alive with 67 Rock Pipits, and even a Robin was spotted feeding on the shoreline. The usual numbers of waders were also present; 40 Oystercatchers, ten Curlews, 11 Redshanks, and 15 Turnstones.

Inland it was quiet indeed with one Skylark, three Chiffchaff, and five Goldcrests the best we could muster. 

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