Thursday, 24 September 2015

A decent selection of birds were to be found around the island today highlighted by the first Brambling of the autumn, amongst a small finch passage of one Siskin, 19 Goldfinches, and two Lesser Redpolls.

A good high tide count of 50 Oystercatchers, one Dunlin, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, 61 Curlews, seven Redshanks, and 39 Turnstones was seen in the evening.

Healthy seabird movement include 12 Fulmars, 75 Manx Shearwaters, 82 Gannets, three Common Scoters, one Great Skua, four Little Gulls, seven Black-headed Gulls, 67 Herring Gulls, 128 Kittiwakes, and 157 Razorbills.
Other migrant tallies include 52 Swallows, three Grey Wagtails, 27 Pied Wagtails, one White Wagtail, one Whinchat, one Song Thrush, four Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs, 41 Goldcrests, and 15 Ravens.

Lastly, an interesting discovery at The Plantation concerned fresh Barn Owl feathers and pellets, whilst the Comma re-appeared at Cristin.

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