Monday, 10 October 2016

An unbroken light north-easterly wind remained to blow through the island today, continuing on from the favourable weather front we’ve been having. The cloud began to role in early in the morning and brought with it some light showers at points, giving way too sunshine by the afternoon. Yellow-browed Warblers were still occupying parts of the island today, with a total of 5 seen. Another highlight of the day was two Pintails, which were picked up flying past the West Side. Five Wigeons and 13 Common Scoters comprised the other wildfowl totals.

Yellow-browed Warbler ringed at the obs

Two Merlins continued to hunt over the South End, but the majority of stuff today was seen elsewhere. A good amount of Thrushes was seen today, obvious signs of a colder weather front heading our way, 42 Blackbirds, three Fieldfares, 16 Song Thrushes and 22 Redwings were seen. A large proportion of the winter thrushes were seen flying over, more “Vismig” produced interesting totals with 13 Skylarks, one Tree Pipit and five Grey Wagtails.

Warblers were moving through the island today, with an impressive amount of Goldcrests logged at the end of the day. Aside from the Yellow-browed Warblers mentioned earlier, 11 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers and 114 Goldcrests were seen today. Both Corvid and Finch passage was also recorded on the island today, with the autumn’s first Hooded Crow seen over the South End in the morning. Further corvid counts included 12 Jackdaws, 27 Rooks, 50 Carrion Crows and six Ravens. Whereas, one Brambling, two Greenfinches, 16 Siskins, 97 Goldfinches and one Lesser Redpoll were the finch totals. Other signs of migration were six Water Rails, nine Snipes and six Reed Bunting.

Finally, a sign of a Barn Owl on the island was found at Ty Nesaf this afternoon, in the form of a feather. This is only the second record of this secretive species this year.

Barn Owl feather

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