Monday, 7 September 2015
It was another pleasant day on the island, with not a breath of wind in the early part of the day, accompanied with complete cloud cover that cleared off towards the end of the day as a northerly wind picked up. Most interest bird-wise was focussed skywards, where a steady passage of passerines took place throughout the day. Most birds appeared to be heading northward over the island, indicating an Irish origin perhaps? Fly-over totals for day comprised two Sand Martins, 156 Swallows, nine House Martins, one Tree Pipit, 91 Meadow Pipits, 11 Grey Wagtails, 18 White Wagtails, 91 Alba Wagtails, five Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls, two Buzzards and two Sparrowhawks. In terms of warblers, it was quite quiet once again: two Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 13 Willow Warblers and 17 Goldcrests were recorded, along with four Spotted Flycatchers. Chat numbers remain reasonable, with 18 Robins present in the gardens and withies, four Wheatears around the coast and seven Stonechats in the gorse.