Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A fresh and breezy morning was similar to the last few days but it was a much calmer and altogether lovely afternoon with a gorgeous sunset too boot. Though nothing hugely rare made landfall there were highlights aplenty starting off with the first Ring Ouzel, Brambling and Woodcock of the autumn at Nant at dawn. Not too soon after the first Hen Harrier of the autumn was watched passing by at sea off the South End; this female becoming the second island record this year.

Sea-watching proved productive with a lone Balearic Shearwater gliding past and a Pomarine Skua harassing all at sea. Furthermore 26 Common Scoters, 24 Mediterranean Gulls, 568 Black-headed Gulls, 90 Common Gulls, 440 Kittiwakes, and 782 Razorbills were moving offshore.

A Lapland Bunting took pride of place on ‘vismig’ today moving southwards alongside four Skylarks, two Swallows, 133 Meadow Pipits, and 13 Grey Wagtails. Further migrants around the island include five Grey Herons, five Wigeons, one Teal, three Buzzards, one Kestrel, two Merlins, one Water Rail, one Lapwing, one Whinchat, four Song Thrushes, and two Redwings.

Lepidoptera movement proved interesting and pronounced with 54 Red Admirals, six Painted Lady’s, 26 Green-veined Whites, one Large White, one Hummingbird Hawkmoth, and 72 Silver Y’s recorded.

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