Saturday, 19 October 2013

19th October

A truly horrendous day with a blazing easterly gale and continuous driving rain making any attempts to get out in the field a bit of a mission...we did though, if only for a couple of hours in the morning up the west coast; as predicted there was an arrival of birds in these conditions with a Little Bunting at Inglis Geo the highlight with a Long-eared Owl, a Ring Ouzel, the first Sparrowhawk of the autumn, a Black Redstart and yesterday's Richard's Pipit still at Scottigar also of note.   Numbers were made up of 145 Blackbirds, 100 Fieldfares, 60 Redwings and 30 Blackcaps but there is definitely more out there sheltering from the rain - high hopes for tomorrow as the conditions improve!

A soggy looking Little Bunting

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