Saturday, 1 November 2014

After the excellent end-of-season party last night, staff were a little groggy in the morning. Still, the island census is done rain or shine, and today was no exception. The morning was mostly overcast and breezy but throughout the day the rain and wind picked up, with the evening bordering on monsoon weather.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker remained in the Withies whilst a Woodcock was flushed from Nant in the morning. 

Out to sea two Fulmars glided by with one Manx Shearwater, four Common Scoters, four Mediterranean Gulls, 112 Black-headed Gulls, eight Common Gulls, and 970 Kittiwakes (mostly in one flock).

The Narrows were busy at high tide with 33 Oystercatchers, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, 46 Curlews, 12 Redshanks, 14 Turnstones and a Heron. Inland, 15 Skylarks, two Grey Wagtails, seven Song thrushes, five Redwings, nine Chiffchaffs, ten Goldcrests, one Jackdaw, 374 Starlings, 33 Chaffinches, one Siskin, one Lesser Redpoll, one Reed Buntingone Merlin, and two Water Rails were found. 

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