Monday, 12 October 2015
A very interesting day on the magic isle with lots to be seen. Most noticeable was the overhead finch/bunting passage in the morning with three Crossbills (first of the year) the highlight, followed by a single Yellowhammer in the Lowlands. Up to 66 Chaffinches, one Greenfinch, one Siskin, 11 Lesser Redpolls, and four Reed Buntings flew over though Goldfinches were most evident. A massive 348 were logged, the 2nd highest count for the island and the best since 410 in 1999.
Many Goldfinches passing through the island today
Four Reed Buntings were also seen
A lone Pale-bellied Brent Goose was the best of movement at sea totalling four Wigeons, three Teals, 15 Common Scoters, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 385 Black-headed Gulls, and 17 Common Gulls.
The first Woodcock of the autumn was flushed from the mountainside near Nant, a late Whinchat frequented the North West Fields, with one Firecrest, and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers also seen.
Biggest movers were Starlings with a hefty 804 counted alongside other migrants such as two Grey Herons, one Buzzard, two Kestrels, one Merlin, two Water Rails, five Lapwings, five Snipes, 19 Turnstones, six Swallows, three Grey Wagtails, one Wheatear, 11 Song Thrushes, five Redwings, three Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, 44 Goldcrests, 17 Coal Tits, two Great Tits, and 19 Rooks.