Saturday, 15 October 2016

11th-12th October

The Easterlies continued and set to do so for a while, so we're making the most of it and hoping for megas.
Wildfowl numbers have stagnated a little the highest totals over the two days were 153 Wigeon and 35 Mallard on the 12th, majority of the numbers came from the 11th with 5 Gadwall, 181 Teal, 2 Pintail, 5 Tufted Duck, 38 Shoveler and 2 Long-tailed Ducks.
Two Ringtail Hen Harriers have been present on island for a little while now and continued to tour the island. Singles of Woodcock were recorded both days, 320 Snipe were accompanied by 7 Jack Snipe and a sea-watch provided what will be one of last Puffins this year.
Passerine numbers are still good and the highest totals for the two days are as follows 6 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 286 Meadow Pipit, 1 male Redstart at Snetten, the single staying Whinchat was still present, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 52 Goldcrests were still kept company by the Firecrest, 17 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch, 12 Redpoll sp. and  3 Mealy Redpoll.
The Little Bunting numbers are holding steady at 3 birds still in East Loch Park and they were accompanied by a pair of Richard's Pipits feeding between East Loch Park and the Kirbest Thistle field.
Richard's Pipit - George Gay

Long-tailed Duck - George Gay

Woodcock - George Gay

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