Friday, 6 November 2015

The weather kicked into second gear today with even more rain and wind than yesterday, though a brief foray of sunshine did appear in the late afternoon. 

Needless to say birds were thin on ground, or rather hard to see. Counts today comprised one Sparrowhawk, one Kestrel, 44 Oystercatchers, one Whimbrel, 49 Curlews, seven Redshanks, six Turnstones, 14 Black-headed Gulls, one Common Gull, one Song Thrush, two Redwings, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, 16 Goldcrests, one Coal Tit, 28 Choughs, 65 Carrion Crows, one Hooded Crow, 50 Starlings, 11 Chaffinches, 25 Goldfinches, one Lesser Redpolls, and two Reed Buntings.

 Just some of the 28 Choughs over the Obs that were spooked off the crag by...
 ... this quite heavily armed Eurofighter Typhoon that buzzed the top of the mountain.
 Some of the Starling flock that is wizzing round the island
 a Chaffinch through my office window...yes I should have been working!
and the Kestrel that spent at least some of the day over the Obs chasing the Choughs!

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