Monday, 26 October 2015
An even breezier day than yesterday meant looking for the Red-flanked Bluetail was hard work. Unfortunately the bird could not be found despite lots of observer coverage. Still, two Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, with one at Cristin and another at Nant.
Sea-watching in the rough conditions produced one Great Northern Diver, one Manx Shearwater, 38 Common Scoters, one Pomarine Skua, one Great Skua, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, three Little Gulls, 320 Black-headed Gulls, 29 Common Gulls, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 57 Herring Gulls, 16 Great Black-backed Gulls, 3947 Kittiwakes, and 971 Razorbills.
Migrants inland were difficult to see but the wardening team persisted as always. The most noticeable movement through the island were Starlings, with a final total of 1650 recorded. Singles of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, and Merlin were found around the island and a lone Short-eared Owl was seen at the North End at first light. A lone Grey Heron was on the South End whilst the waders were represented by two Lapwings, two Snipes, 48 Curlews, three Redshanks, and five Turnstones. In addition, seven Skylarks, one Grey Wagtail, 18 Blackbirds, two Fieldfares, six Song Thrushes, six Redwings, one Mistle Thrush, five Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff, nine Goldcrests, 42 Carrion Crows, 60 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, two Greenfinches, eight Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, two Reed Buntings, and one flyover Crossbill were recorded.
Up to 60 migrant Carrion Crows are being recorded daily, mostly in the North West fields
High numbers of Wrens are also being seen daily, up to 80-90 on some days