Thursday, 29 September 2022

A seawatch in moderate north-westerlies saw a good movement of Wildfowl with the first Red-breasted Merganser along with 14 Wigeon, four Teals and 36 Common Scoters. Cetaceans included three Common Dolphins and four Risso's Dolphins

The bird of the day was a Barred Warbler in the Withies that was seen a few times mainly in flight and once on the deck. Overhead five Golden Plovers, 2 Grey Wagtails, three White Wagtails, 14 Swallows and 19 Skylarks were logged. An arrival of thrushes saw 42 Redwings and two Song Thrushes. The Long-eared Owl was seen again at Ty Capel and the Lesser Whitethroat remained around Ty Pellaf. An arrival of finches saw 54 Goldfinches, a Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll recorded across the Island.

Redwing © Ed Betteridge

The wind dropped in the evening and nets were opened in the Withies; this resulted in two Reed Warblers, three Goldcrests, two Robins, a Wren and a Blackbird being trapped.

Reed Warbler © Steve Stansfield

Other birds recorded today included two Grey Herons, a Merlin, four Snipes, 11 Purple Sandpipers, 39 Turnstones, 24 Curlews, a Whimbrel, four Redshanks, two Mediterranean Gulls, seven Black-headed Gulls, 128 Meadow Pipits, 53 Rock Pipits, 30 Robins, a Wheatear, two Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 24 Goldcrests.

Merlin © Ed Betteridge

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