Monday, 28 November 2016

It was a day of very few changes around the island as the fantastic calm easterlies continued. The Pink-footed Geese seem to be content in the North West Fields, obviously finding enough food to keep them glued to the three stubble fields there. One of the Bullfinches ringed prior still remained in the Observatory garden, calling whilst net rounds were being conducted during a mornings ringing session. A Goldfinch and four Chaffinches were the only other finches of the day. A few thrushes were scattered around the island, seven Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, four Song Thrushes and nine Redwings, a stunning adult male Sparrowhawk hunted around Nant which was also home to three Goldcrests flitting about the Plantation, the same Blue Tit, 180 Starlings and two Little Owls calling up on the mountainside.

Although unfortunately this Starling was found freshly dead, it's a fantastic chance to appreciate how stunning its plumage is
On cue the mixed gull flock appeared along the West Coast where they fed for most of the day, 687 Black-headed Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, five Common Gulls, two Herring Gulls, two Greater Black-backed Gulls and three Kittiwakes the numbers today. Passing beyond them was a Great Northern Diver which speedily headed south along with four Common Scoters, 113 Guillemots and 71 Razorbills.

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