Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Clear skies overnight saw most migrants move on, with heavy rain that started mid-morning and lasted for the rest of the daylight hours hampering most attempts at birding. A small selection of migrants were still on the land, including 61 Goldcrests, eight Chiffchaffs, three Wheatears and two Yellow-browed Warblers. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was new in, and there were singles of a wide variety of species recorded, Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Starling, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, White Wagtail and Water Rail. 13 Swallows and five Skylarks passed through early in the morning, but otherwise no vis-mig was noted.

The Sabines Gull showed very well around the Narrows for its fourth day, coming down to three feet from one lucky observer at one point! A single Wigeon was also seen around the coast, with 32 Curlews, 18 Turnstones, five Redshanks, two Whimbrels and a Ringed Plover as exciting as it got on the Narrows otherwise. Yet another Ruff passed through the island however, heading north off the North End in the morning. Out to sea 1049 Kittiwakes and 185 Razorbills were seen, with a small selection of other species amongst them; Skuas numbered 15 Arctics, three Greats and two Pomarines, while ten Arctic Terns, seven Sandwich Terns and two Commic Terns were seen. The only other species of any consequence were seven Common Scoters and five Common Gulls.

The Sabine's Gull really has been extremely co-operative at times!

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