Friday, 11 October 2019

Today was fairly windy from the west again and with a few showers through the day.

Some showers in the morning kept people in but with a scope out the window a Great Northern Diver was picked up heading south past the west coast. Throughout the day Skylarks were on the move with a total of 53, Meadow Pipits numbered 32 and they were also seen to be moving with some individuals seen coming in off the sea.Wader numbers had increased a little and some more variation was welcome with a single Sanderling the first for a while along with two Purple Sandpipers, a single Dunlin and Snipe, five Golden Plovers, ten Redshank and a good count of 47 Turnstones. Some gull passage offshore included 11 Black-headed Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls and 62 Herring Gulls

Other interesting totals included some finches: 97 Linnets, 16 Goldfinch, six Siskin and six Chaffinch. Chough were up to 18, there were 14 Stonechats, 25 Robins, 27 Rock Pipits, and single of Kestrel, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.   

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