Sunday, 11 September 2011

10th September

Torrential rain, fog and wind were the bringers of difficult birding, but, when they're coming from the east, these are the type of conditions that can result in migrants arriving and taking refuge on the island. On this occasion no sizeable fall materialised, although a small number of new birds found in the afternoon included one each of Tree Pipit, Common Redstart, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Blackcap. Another Common Redstart, a Willow Warbler, 12 Lapland Buntings and a House Martin all remained from earlier days.

When the mist cleared for a few brief minutes, 12 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the north end of the island, raising the question of just how many seabirds had been passing unseen behind the veil of fog. A Greenshank was the only notable new wader, while the Wood Sandpiper stayed faithful to its usual spot at Gretchen Loch.

Lapland Buntings

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