Monday, 28 October 2013

27th - 28th October

While things got a bit blowy down south we enjoyed a couple of days of pleasant weather with lightish westerly winds and only a few showers worthy of seeking shelter from; there were a few landbirds on 27th including a late Redstart near Burray, a Siberian Chiffchaff still, another Long-eared Owl trapped at Holland, two Black Redstarts and 4 Wheatears remaining.   There were also a few wildfowl on the move including three Whooper Swans, 7 Barnacle Geese and 48 Pink-footed Geese in amongst 500 Greylags.
   Sunny spells on the 28th produced a few new bits and pieces including two Goldfinches, three Crossbills and an increased count of 305 Snow Buntings; the Siberian Chiffchaff at Holland remained but refused to be trapped, 80 Twite was an improved count and 12 Whooper Swans also flew through which included six juveniles.

There is still a small turnover of Bramblings through the island

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