Monday, 6 October 2014

5th October

There's a storm brewing... There wasn't a great deal seen today but some visible passage over the south-west end of the island indicated plenty of birds on the move, and perhaps signalled at an exodus of many of the recent arrivals. 3 Lapland Buntings, 31 Skylarks, 2 Chaffinch and 60 Meadow and 2 Rock Pipits were noted in 2 hours along with 30 more Pink-footed Geese. An hour and a half's sea-watch was particularly productive with 48 Sooty Shearwaters passing and there were now 17 Whooper Swans present while grounded passerines were limited to a handful of Warblers, the Pied Flycatcher and the lingering north-western Redpoll.

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