Tuesday, 6 October 2015
An excellent day with another surprisingly good sea passage in calm conditions. Spearheading the southerly passage were two Long-tailed Skuas alongside three Pomarine Skuas, one Arctic Skua, six Great Skuas, 42 Mediterranean Gulls, one Little Gull, 1798 Black-headed Gulls, 157 Common Gulls, 77 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 143 Herring Gulls, 31 Great Black-backed Gulls, 3310 Kittiwakes, 13 Guillemots, 934 Razorbills, 163 Gannets, one Wigeon, and 11 Common Scoters.
A Merlin has joined the Sparrowhawks in chasing the migrants round the island
Singles of Pied Flycatcher and Tree Pipit plus the lingering Great Spotted Woodpecker were picks of the bunch from inland where four Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, two Kestrels, one Merlin, three Snipes, 23 Skylarks, 32 Swallows, five House Martins, 259 Meadow Pipits, eight Grey Wagtails, 85 Wrens, 30 Dunnocks, 64 Robins, 34 Stonechats, four Wheatears, two Song Thrushes, one Grasshopper Warbler, eight Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler, 36 Goldcrests, 25 Coal Tits, four Great Tits, one Rook, one Hooded Crow, three Starlings, 47 Chaffinches, ten Siskins, 57 Goldfinches, and 11 Lesser Redpolls were recorded.
Choughs are seen in good numbers most days
as well as their aerial acrobatics, this one decided a bit of ballet was in order!!