Saturday, 28 September 2013
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.