Thursday, 16 October 2014

Today's birding was dictated by the rain, with intermittent downpours throughout the day. Between the rain spells four Ring Ouzels were found, two at Nant and two at Cristin. A brief highlight of the day was a Snow Bunting which flew over Cristin mid morning. Most of the days eyes seem to be directed to the large passage of gulls along the West Coast of the island. A minimum of 3937 Black-headed Gulls, 445 Common Gulls, and 50 Mediterranean Gulls were recorded. In addition, the Yellow-legged Gull put in a brief appearance on the South End in the morning.

Inland, two Merlinsone Whimbrel, 56 Curlews, one Redshank, 37 Turnstones, and the Hooded Crow were present around the Narrows. Migrant-wise 56 Skylarks, three Swallows, 128 Meadow Pipits, three Wheatears, five Song thrushes, six Redwing, one Blackcap, ten Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrests, 54 Starlings, one Greenfinch, one Siskin, and four Reed Buntings were seen around the island. A Water Rail was also present in Cristin Withy and a Common Scoter flew south out at sea. There was no sign of the Barred Warbler today.

It looks set for rather blustery conditions in the next few days so many eyes will be looking out for our first Leach's Petrel of the autumn...

Herring Gulls
 Black-headed Gulls
Mediterranean Gulls
 Common Gull


 Grey Seals

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