Saturday, 28 September 2013

28th September

A misty, murky day but far nicer than the forecast had led us to believe produced a nice handful of new scarcities found across the island with the highlights being a smart 1st winter Hawfinch trapped at Holland House, a brief Richard's Pipit up at Senness and an equally brief Corncrake flushed from the iris beds around Ancum.   Other new birds included a Redstart, the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn, another wave of Yellow-browed Warblers with 17 around the island and a small influx of 16 Redwings and 5 Brambling.   Also of note were the lingering two Common Rosefinches, two Great-spotted Woodpeckers, Turtle Dove and Pectoral Sandpiper.   There was again no sign of the Brown Shrike but judging by yesterday's antics it doesn't mean that its not lurking somewhere still.

Hawfinch

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