Monday, 10 November 2014


Four Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Common Gulls, 271 Black-headed Gulls, 287 Kittiwakes and 120 Razorbills were the most numerous counts today. Notables on the ground were five Skylarks, 5 Song Thrushes, 3 Redwings, five Chiffchaffs including the Tristis type from that last day, 11 Goldcrests and a lingering Water Rail. Visible migration counts amounting too two Goldfinches, 60 Chaffinches, two Greenfinches, seven Siskin, 24 Linnits, 3 Lesser Redpolls and five Reed Buntings.


With a drop in the winds again bought another day of finch passage with the odd bunting, this amounted too 108 Chaffinches, one Brambling, nine Greenfinches, one Linnit, one Lesser Redpoll and three Reed Buntings. Elsewhere on the island 798 Starling flew south with 22 Skylarks, 21 Rock Pipits were scattered along the coasts and two Woodcocks, a Water Rail, six Stonechats, three Song Thrushes, three Redwings, one Mistle Thrush, a lone male Blackcap, six Chiffchaffs and seven Goldcrests were recorded.

Around the narrows and the beach 49 Oystercatches sheltered in the bays along with 11 Redshanks, 42 Curlews and a small selection of gulls which amounted too 74 Herring Gulls, three Lesser Black-backed Gulls and five Greater Black-backed Gulls.

Passage off the coasts had quietened considerably today with only a small number of Kittiwakes, Black-headed Gulls, Razorbills and Guillemots. However one Great Northern Diver and three Common Scoter were seen as they made their way south.

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