Monday, 17 September 2012
As winds dropped slightly and rain confined itself to occasional showers, it was nice to see a few new migrants appearing. Wheatears certainly seemed to have arrived in numbers, with 123 counted around the island. A Barred Warbler and a North-Western Redpoll were both at Gravity, the first Black Redstart for about a month was at nearby Antebreck and the Holland House garden contained a Garden Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers. A count of 17 Snow Buntings indicated a small influx and 5 Lapland Buntings were seen. The moulting adult American Golden Plover was seen throughout the day, and was even visible through the observatory windows during the evening meal.