Monday, 9 November 2015

7th November

Its taken 311 days, but at last the first Greenfinch of 2015 was seen today!! The species isn't exactly common here but the year's bogey bird finally fell with a single south over the airfield (and presumably the same later near the school). Other passerines were recorded in similar numbers to yesterday with a ringed Great Grey Shrike in the Kirkyard the most notable. In an hour and half of sea-watching passed 5 Sooty Shearwaters, a late Manx Shearwater, 5 Great Northern Divers, a Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skuas, a Little Auk - with another in Nouster Bay and 1026 Auk sp. The Smew was seen again on Bewan Loch, another pulse of Whooper Swans saw 17 recorded (14 new birds plus the 3 long stayers) while 10 Pink-footed Geese and 8 Barnacle Geese have been around a while now and look set to winter among the Greylags.

Great Grey Shrike (photo George Gay)

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