Friday, 7 November 2008

23rd October - 5th November

Apologies for lack of updates, Internet connection was lost during severe gales on 23rd.

October remained quite with strong Westerly winds throughout, though a small arrival of thrushes on 23rd included 360 fieldfare and 200 redwing. The last wheatear was seen on the 26th and white-winged gulls included juvenile glaucous gull on three dates and a juvenile iceland gull on 27th. 8 grey phalaropes on 27th slowly dwindled to just 1 by November, whilst the end of the month produced a maximum of 5 chiffchaff, all of the race abietinus or east of, a late pied flycatcher and 4 common scoter on the sea.
Seawatching on 1st consisted of 3 sooty shearwater and a manx shearwater and a juvenile pomarine skua, with a great skua the following day. Also on 2nd were 5 goldcrest, 4 robin, 6 chiffchaff and a count of 125 snow bunting. The 3rd produced an island rarity in the form of a canada goose, and the first woodcock of the autumn. Up to 3 hen harriers and 11 barnacle geese were present through the week and after a few singles a flock of 6 waxwing were in Holland Gardens on 5th. The peak redwing count was of 67 on 5th and a maximum of 6 common redpoll along with 19 twite were noted on 5th.

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