Thursday, 9 October 2014

The strong south westerly winds that continued through the day provoked a steady movement of seabirds out to sea, but the direction and force of the wind remains stubbornly too far south to encourage any of the mid-autumn oddities that have not made it to the island so far this year; Long-tailed Skua, Leach's Petrel and Sooty Shearwater, for example. That said, there was a decent selection of species on offer: a single Red-throated Diver, one Fulmar, five Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, 158 Gannets, one Wigeon, an Arctic Skua, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, one Little Gull, 520 Black-headed Gulls, 16 Common Gulls and two Arctic Terns were recorded. Waders today were represented by two Knots, a Dunlin, a Golden Plover, 23 Turnstones, a Whimbrel and 49 Curlews. The most noteworthy passerines of the day came in the form of the autumn's first four Redwings- a single day earlier than their arrival date last year. A Yellow-browed Warbler was heard calling at Cristin in the late morning.

Rock Pipit

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