Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The standout highlight of today was a Water Pipit found on Solfach. Following recent records of an individual on 28th April last year and a long-staying bird in November 2013, this becomes only the 12th record for the island. The seven Eiders and five Red-breasted Mergansers that flew down the West Coast during the day were impressive counts, but the supporting cast was much the same as yesterday.

It included two Red-throated Divers, three Common Scoters, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, three Kestrels, a Merlin, three Water Rails, five Purple Sandpipers, a Dunlin, a Jack Snipe, 12 Snipes, 50 Turnstones, an Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas, 14 Mediterranean Gulls, 174 Black-headed Gulls, eight Common Gulls, 684 Kittiwakes, a Little Owl, a Barn Owl, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, seven Blue tits, three Great tits, two Rooks, 463 Starlings, 49 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, a Greenfinch, 14 Siskins, three Goldfinches, 13 Linnets, five Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting

Only the island's 12th record of Water Pipit (although 15 individual birds have been involved). A fantastic find by two of our visiting birders, Gavin and Alyn. The bird fed amongst the seaweed alongside Rock Pipits and Turnstones until late afternoon at least.

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