Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The most notable movement of birds today was undoubtably passage of auks off the West Coast, in particular Razorbills. Groups continuously streamed past heading in a southerly direction and in half an hour 1,364 Razorbills and 72 Guillemots had been counted. Other species weren't as prolific but there was a reasonable gathering of Gulls including a second winter Mediterranean Gull, 137 Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, 22 Herring Gulls and 27 Kittiwakes. A single Common Scoter was also logged.

A walk around some of the gardens produced small numbers of birds but nothing in the way of any major movements. A handful of thrushes were present and amounted to six Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes and a Redwing, warblers were also thin on the ground, a Chiffchaff at Nant and eight Goldcrests scattered around being the only counts, the Blue Tit was again present whilst a small number of finches passed over, three Chaffinches, four Goldfinches and four Linnets being the tallies. A couple of Water Rails were heard, one in the Withies and one in the Observatory garden and a Little Owl on the mountainside, two Stonechats and 100 Starlings were additions counts.

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