Sunday, 13 September 2015

A very mixed day weather-wise as the early morning wind became calm later on but with intermittent downpours. These series of rain spells worked well in ‘downing’ passing migrants onto the island. Particular highlights of the day include a/the Ortolan Bunting seen briefly in flight, a very early Jack Snipe in the Lowlands, one Pomarine Skua out to sea, and a single Hooded Crow touring the island.

Some areas of the island are practically carpeted with Autumn Ladies Tresses (c) Steve Stansfield

Waders were represented on The Narrows and South End by three Golden Plovers, two Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlins, three Snipes, one Common Sandpiper, and 28 Turnstones. A total of three Black-headed Gulls, 131 Kittiwakes, two Sandwich Terns, two Guillemots, and 18 Razorbills were seen out to sea. Decent numbers of migrants could be found inland with two Water Rails, 297 Meadow Pipits, two flava’ Wagtails, eight Grey Wagtails, 11 Pied Wagtails, 27 White Wagtails, one Whinchat, 26 Wheatears, one Grasshopper Warbler, one Sedge Warbler, one Reed Warbler, four Whitethroats, nine Blackcaps, 58 Chiffchaffs, 17 Willow Warblers, 35 Goldcrests, two Spotted Flycatchers, one Pied Flycatcher, 15 Siskins, and one Lesser Redpoll seen. In addition one Kestrel, one Sand Martin, 246 Swallows, and 11 House Martins passed over.

 Chiffchaff (c) Steve Stansfield
 Willow Warbler (c) Steve Stansfield
 Greenland Wheatear (c) Steve Stansfield
The first Hooded Crow for a while (c) Steve Stansfield

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