Thursday, 20 October 2011

20th October

In much calmer and more pleasant conditions, a short morning seawatch finally produced the first Long-tailed Skua of the year, as well as a juvenile Glaucous Gull, an Arctic Skua, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 248 Kittiwakes. Landbird interest was mostly limited to finches, with 2 Goldfinches at Senness, a large arrival of Twite taking the day-count to 119, the Greenland Redpoll still at Holland House and a Common Redpoll of a different variety at Garso.

The Garso Redpoll was quite distinctive in appearance with a large, though faintly streaked, white rump, and could be of Icelandic origin.

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