Monday, 14 October 2013

14th October

Another crisp, cool autumnal day with just a handful of the expected arrivals given the current weather. New birds included a Slavonian Grebe off the north end, another new Great Spotted Woodpecker trapped and ringed, a Ring Ouzel along the west coast and a Yellow-browed Warbler at South Gravity. Other Warblers seen today were 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Blackcaps, 4 Chiifchaffs and a late Willow Warbler, plus 10 Goldcrests. The Northern Bullfinch was heard at Holland House, while the days Redpoll saga featured at least 3 Lesser Redpolls (1 new bird trapped/ringed), 15 Mealy Redpolls (4 new birds trapped and ringed) and 4 unidentified-including a couple of ambiguous birds caught and ringed-don't you just love Redpolls!!! A Wood Sandpiper on Kirbest was presumably a lingering bird and at least 3 Hen Harriers toured the Island. 

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