Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Migrants continue to filter through our delightful little island today making another great day in the field. A first winter Sabine’s Gull off the South End in the morning topped the day's list, with singles of Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbill 'beaten' only by a flock of four Greylag Geese also off the South End.
This autumn has been good for Firecrests with records most days
More seabird passage amounted to two Teals, six Common Scoters, two Great Skuas, three Mediterranean Gulls, 587 Black-headed Gulls, 42 Common Gulls, 328 Kittiwakes, and an impressive 3289 Razorbills.
Migrants recorded elsewhere include eight Buzzards, one Kestrel, two Merlins, two Water Rails, one Golden Plover, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, ten Redshanks, 17 Turnstones, one Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Skylarks, three Grey Wagtails, one Whinchat, 16 Wheatears, 19 Blackbirds, eight Song Thrushes, eight Redwings, one Blackcap, six Chiffchaffs, 39 Goldcrests, six Coal Tits, five Great Tits, 19 Rooks, 21 Starlings, 69 Chaffinches, five Greenfinches, two Siskin, 51 Goldfinches, 13 Lesser Redpolls, and three Reed Buntings.
The Kestrel was hunting near the Obs late afternoon
Migrant Stonechats have replaced most of the island breeding stock
Chough are still in good numbers and very noisy
Fantastic numbers of migrant Lepidoptera are on the island with some stunning Painted Lady's