Wednesday, 30 September 2015

28th September

A still and largely quiet morning with a developing southerly breeze brought a sudden flurry of birds late on - we can't help but feel we missed a trick today! The handsome male Northern Harrier continues to delight while the new birds resulted in 30 Redwings, 3 Tree Pipits, 13 Rock Pipits, a Whinchat, 3 Barred Warblers (Ides Taing, School, Obs), 6 Yellow browed Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Lapland Buntings and 719 Snow Buntings being counted. An arrival of Wildfowl also saw counts of 237 Wigeon, 183 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler and 9 Red-breasted Mergansers but we're starting to think Pink-footed Goose passage has been and gone overnight with just 5 seen today. A 2 hour sea-watch yielded totals of 24 Sooty Shearwaters, 272 Fulmars (including to 'blue' phase), 41 Kittiwakes, 3 Puffins and 407 Auk sp and the best of the waders were 13 Black-tailed Godwits and a Jack Snipe.

 Barred Warbler (photo George Gay)
 Yellow-browed Warblers (both photos Espen Quinto Ashman)

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