Friday, 23 October 2015
A difficult day for censusing with sporadic downpours and high winds. Some decent tallies were still recorded out at sea; two Manx Shearwaters, 80 Gannets, 11 Common Scoters, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas, 30 Mediterranean Gulls, 350 Black-headed Gulls, 44 Common Gulls, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 45 Herring Gulls, 1279 Kittiwakes, two Guillemots, and 1136 Razorbills.
Inland birds were a little harder to see with many hiding out of the wind. Singles of Short-eared Owl, Mistle Thrush, and Teal were the main highlights though two Kestrels, 47 Oystercatchers, one Golden Plover, three Purple Sandpipers, one Snipe, 37 Curlews, 11 Redshanks, 11 Turnstones, 15 Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, three Redwings, one Blackcap, 17 Goldcrests, three Coal Tits, two Great Tits, 45 Carrion Crows, one Hooded Crow, 53 Starlings, 20 Chaffinches, one Siskin, six Goldfinches, and one Lesser Redpoll could also be found.