Thursday, 12 November 2015

Though menacing winds battered the island once again, there were still some very interesting records. A flock of six Long-tailed Tits were discovered at Cristin with five trapped and ringed, amazingly our third record of the year of this scarce island species. The Black Redstart was still feeding around the Lighthouse compound, one Firecrest was calling at Cristin, whilst the Bullfinch put in a brief appearance at Cristin as well. 

Sea-watching was worthwhile with one Great Northern Diver, one Fulmar, 16 Gannets, three Common Scoters, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 331 Black-headed Gulls, six Common Gulls, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 145 Herring Gulls, 11 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1022 Kittiwakes, five Guillemots, and 368 Razorbills all recorded heading south.

Counts from the rest of the island include one Teal, two Sparrowhawk, one Kestrel, two Skylarks, 11 Meadow Pipits, 31 Rock Pipits, one Pied Wagtail, five Stonechat, six Blackbirds, one Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, three Goldcrests, 53 Carrion Crows, 1329 Starlings, 14 Chaffinches, 14 Goldfinches, three Linnets, and one Reed Bunting, whilst on The Narrows were 54 Oystercatchers, 44 Curlews, one Redshank, and three Turnstones.

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