Wednesday, 31 October 2018

After quite the run of rarities and scarcities, it was a little quieter today. The conditions remained settled and a small trickle of migrants were still noted in-between time spent closing down the obs.

Three Grey Herons were present today a small increase on yesterday marking some clear passage with presumably more turnover of this species than we expect. Also in the wetlands of the island today were two Wigeons, three Teals, one Sparrowhawk, one Buzzard, one Kestrel and eight Snipes. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was once again present reminiscent of last year’s wintering individual which remained into April. Some migrants were also noted on land, the usual suspects included 26 Dunnocks, 18 Robins and six Stonechats, whilst some thrushes included 26 Blackbirds, 18 Song Thrushes and six Redwings, down on recent days, but presumably the residue of the last weeks notable passage. In the bushes today a Chiffchaff, nine Goldcrests and a Coal Tit were the highlights, but some more overhead passage culminated to some more significant tallies of 128 Starlings, 194 Chaffinches, one Greenfinch, two Siskins, eight Goldfinches and four Lesser Redpolls.

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