Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Winds from the south-west meant seabirds were moving in higher numbers than most of the previous week. Two Great Skuas were probably the highlight offshore competing with a mixed flock of 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 497 Black-headed Gulls, 28 Common Gulls, 109 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 700 Herring Gulls, and 324 Kittiwakes. Accompanying the movement were 20 Guillemots, 216 Razorbills, 98 Gannets, and 23 Common Scoters, most of which were heading south in the morning.

By mid-morning the sky cleared encouraging a small movement overheard consisting of 56 Skylarks, 43 Starlings, 25 Chaffinches, seven Siskins, seven Goldfinches, 11 Linnets, two Lesser Redpolls, and one Reed Bunting. Two rather late Swallows were on the South End in the afternoon.

A single female/immature Black Redstart was hopping around Cristin for the last guests of the season whilst further highlights inland include one Wheatear, 25 Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, and four Redwings, six Blackcaps, one Yellow-browed Warbler, three Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler, 34 Goldcrests, one Firecrest, and three Blue Tits.

Waders were represented by one Jack Snipe (which was trapped and ringed in the evening), three Snipes, 12 Redshanks, and 30 Turnstones whilst one Wigeon and four Teals were the best sightings in the duck world. Migrant birds have had a hard time of late and today was no exception with two Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, one Kestrel, two Merlins, and one Peregrine marauding around looking for easy meals.

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