Saturday, 25 October 2014

The wind picked up slightly today, building more as the day went on. Surprisingly though, there was little movement out to sea. Only small numbers of Razorbills and Kittiwakes were passing by, with two Manx Shearwaters being the highlight. The one species moving in any significant number were Herring Gulls; in total 199 were recorded along the West Coast. A decent count of 18 Great Black-backed Gulls tagged along as well in this movement.

Things were generally as-you-were with inland migrants, the sole exceptions being a new Kestrel and a Jack Snipe in the Wetlands. A Merlin buzzed around The Narrows, much to the annoyance of the Whimbrel34 Oystercatchers48 Curlews, five Redshanks, and 14 Turnstones also present. The Ring Ouzel was still present at Cristin, gorging itself on the many damsons around the garden. Other migrants around include one Water Rail, one Snipe, 22 Skylarks, eight Blackbirds, 11 Song thrushes, eight Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests, 170 Starlings, and one Siskin

With forecasts of 40 mph winds tomorrow hopefully a few skuas and petrels will be seen.

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