Tuesday, 18 November 2008

15th - 18th November

Present throughout were the scaup and canada goose, whilst at the Observatory the song thrush remains and a water rail appears to be wintering in the ditch. Daily totals of robin and chiffchaff fluctuated between 3 and 4, and 3 woodcock and single stonechat and black redstart have been seen over the 4 day period. A juvenile glaucous gull was noted on 15th and a total of 255 purple sandpiper was a reasonable count, as was 27 dunlin on 16th. A few new arrivals on 16th included most notably a yellowhammer at Gravity, singles of greenfinch and common redpoll and a flock of 56 snow buntings at Twinyess. 3 grey heron were still in Garso Wick when last checked, 5 sooty shearwater were at sea on 17th and the male hen harrier made an appearance on 18th.

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