Tuesday, 25 September 2012

25th September

A fall of migrants concentrated mainly around the south-west of the island, with various autumnal species arriving in larger numbers. Song Thrushes reached at least 125 birds, Goldcrests increased to 26 and 30 Bramblings were counted. The day's rarer birds were a Little Bunting, the 2 long-staying American Golden Plovers, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and the Great Spotted Woodpecker. New species for the autumn were a Woodpigeon, a Mistle Thrush, 5 Chiffchaffs and 3 Chaffinches.

Counts of other migrants included 12 Tree Pipits, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Redstarts, 2 Whinchats, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Redwings, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 7 Willow Warblers and 2 each of Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher. A Little Stint and 5 Jack Snipes were the best of the other waders and raptors included 2 Kestrels and a Hen Harrier.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker was relocated in the sheep pund at Twingness where, in the absence of trees, it was foraging among the crevices in the dry stone walls.

Little Stint

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