Monday, 28 September 2015
It’s the time of year where migrants are found across the island, from the beaches to the bushes, out to sea and overhead. When you top this off with fantastic weather you have the perfect mix. Today’s ‘mix’ included four Eiders past the South End in the early morning, one Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed at Cristin, and one Firecrest in Ty Pellaf Withy.
Yellow-browed Warbler - the first bird to be extracted from a net this morning!
Moderate movement along the West Coast and off the South End included four Manx Shearwaters, 129 Gannets, seven Cormorants, one Teal, 29 Common Scoters, one Arctic Skua, three Mediterranean Gulls, 182 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Common Gulls, 173 Herring Gulls, 678 Kittiwakes, six Guillemots, and 148 Razorbills.
The Narrows were particularly productive today with one Grey Heron, 42 Oystercatchers, two Ringed Plovers, three Golden Plovers, two Lapwings, one Purple Sandpiper, one Dunlin, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, 49 Curlews, 11 Redshanks, and 18 Turnstones present.
Throughout the rest of the island two Kestrels, one Collared Dove, one Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Skylarks, 18 Swallows, 231 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, 14 Pied Wagtails, 23 Dunnocks, 42 Robins, one Song Thrush, one Reed Warbler, eight Chiffchaffs, 21 Goldcrests, one Spotted Flycatcher, four Coal Tits, two Great Tits, one Hooded Crow, two Starlings, 19 Chaffinches, 21 Goldfinches, two Lesser Redpolls, and one Reed Bunting were seen.