Wednesday, 9 November 2011

9th November

An increase in the south-easterly wind and overcast conditions resulted in another substantial fall of thrushes on the island, along with a thin assortment of other migrants that included the first 2 Waxwings since January and a Lesser Whitethroat. The day's census counts of thrushes came to 886 Blackbirds, 563 Fieldfares, 245 Redwings, 46 Song Thrushes and a Ring Ouzel; totals of other passerines included 60 Robins, 6 Black Redstarts, 2 Wheatears, 15 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Chaffinches, a Greenfinch and the same tardy Swallow.

At least 49 Woodcocks were found on census, as well as 4 Short-eared Owls and 3 Long-eared Owls. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose (probably the bird from earlier in the week) was on Tor Ness, 11 Common Scoters were seen offshore and the Little Gull was still touring around the island.

Long-eared Owl