Saturday, 7 October 2017

After a somewhat calm day yesterday, the winds blew up again from the South West, putting a dampener on passerine movement, but allowing for some sea passage. A Grey Heron continued to linger on the Narrows, a month high of five Merlins were recorded hunting around the island with three on the South End!

A number of waders were logged today with a Water Rail squilling in the Withies and a Snipe in the Wetlands. The Curlew flock numbered 55 and a single Whimbrel was recorded as well. Other waders included 13 Redshanks and 27 Turnstones.

As mentioned before sea passage was reasonable, a Pomarine Skua, two Arctic Skuas, a Long-tailed Skua and two Great Skuas were the highlights, but a further 45 Mediterranean Gulls were an impressive sight amongst the 283 Black-headed Gulls logged today.  On the land a Great Spotted Woodpecker continued to inhabit the Withies, 14 Skylarks made there way overhead, as did two Grey Wagtials. The putative ‘blythiLesser Whitethroat showed briefly again, as did one Blackcap, six Chiffchaffs, 28 Goldcrests and two Coal Tits.

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