Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A considerably improved day was enjoyed today.  Amongst an increased finch passage came 39 Chaffinches, four Bramblings, two Greenfinches, two Siskins, 18 Goldfinches, 27 Linnets and three Lesser Redpolls. Some of the day's most notable grounded migrants were Short-eared Owl on the South End, a season high of 76 Rock Pipits, a Black Redstart on the Narrows and a Firecrest at Cristin, while the most numerous were 465 Starlings, and a flock of 35 Rooks over Cristin were also notable. Otherwise a good supporting cast included two Water Rails, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 39 Skylarks, 22 Meadow Pipits, an alba Wagtail, 20 Robins, two Stonechats, 23 Blackbirds, one Fieldfare, eight Song Thrushes, two Redwings, two Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings.

Out to sea the first Great Skua of the month passed by, but passage was very modest, 72 Black-headed Gulls the only species occurring in any numbers, and two Common Scoters adding a bit of variety. However, a good selection of Waders on the Narrows included four Lapwings, 35 Purple Sandpipers (the highest count of the year), three Snipes, a Whimbrel, 32 Redshanks and 33 Turnstones, while two Grey Herons were also present today.

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