Thursday, 27 October 2016

The south-westerly winds continued into today, meaning once again our attention was set on the sea. A Great Northern Diver and a Manx Shearwater passed early on, but more impressive were the day’s totals including 130 Gannets, a Wigeon, seven Common Scoters, two Great Skuas, 49 Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull, 1000 Black-headed Gulls, 133 Guillemots, 1320 Razorbills, and an incredible flow of Gulls passing out to sea produced 2152 Herring Gulls! The last time Herring Gulls were recorded in this magnitude was on 19th January 2006, when 2500 passed, quite an incredible sight.

The Merlin was once again seen hunting, two Water Rails were heard in the withies and a Skylark flew overhead. A Black Redstart on the top of the Mountain was a nice surprise, and was a good reward. Although numbers have decreased in recent days, some warblers were still to be seen mostly present in the Withies. Yellow-browed Warblers increased to two individuals, one bearing a ring from previous days, four Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 26 Goldcrests and a Blue Tit were also present.

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