Friday, 9 September 2011

8th September

A few new arrivals made it here through the breezy westerly weather, including a small influx of Lapland Buntings, taking the number on the island to at least 11: harbingers, perhaps, of the previous autumn's spectacular incursion repeated. The first Grey Wagtail since April toured the island throughout the day, and the first Grey Plover for almost as long was also seen. Other new birds included 3 Peregrines, a Swift and 2 Willow Warblers, while a count of 101 Wheatears also involved some new migrants. Few seabirds of interest were seen, but, terns having been in short supply for a while, a Sandwich Tern, a Common Tern and 4 Arctic Terns were noteworthy.

Lingering highlights included the Barred Warbler, the Wood Sandpiper and 2 Little Stints.

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