Sunday, 29 September 2013

29th September

As predicted at the end of yesterday's post the Brown Shrike did indeed reappear today, this time at Gravity but again, it showed very briefly to one observer and promptly shot off and away!   A remarkably elusive and uncooperative bird which has led us all a real dance right across the island over the past few days.   Scarcities through this windy day included a new Bluethroat at Westness, 13 Yellow-browed Warblers, two Great-spotted Woodpeckers (although at least one of these was a different individual to previous days) and the Pectoral Sandpiper still.   There was an increase in late autumn species included 10 Song Thrush, 4 Robins, three Siskins (pretty scarce so far this autumn), at least 7 Bramblings and 10 Jack Snipe.   Other little bits included the Wood Sandpiper, two Redstarts, a Ring Ouzel and 4 Garden Warblers.

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