Friday, 21 October 2016

15th-16th October

The weather has stayed the same and the wind has stayed into the East and it's bought a few birds in.
Strong winds grounded large numbers of Gulls on the Links and near Bewan, 360 Great-black backed Gulls and 137 Herring Gulls were the highest counts for both species. Geese numbers have fluctuated with up to 43 Barnacle Geese and 21 Pink-footed Geese present along with large numbers of Greylags.
Duck numbers have again stayed around the same figures the maximum totals were 177 Teal, 284 Wigeon, 65 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Tufted Duck, other ducks were slightly more surprising, our first Goldeneye of the Autumn was present on Hooking and a single female Common Scoter was on Bewan on the 16th.
The pair of ringtail Hen Harriers were still present on the 15th as was a single Kestrel.
Purple Sandpipers have begun to return back to the island with 16 recorded on the 15th and 14 recorded on the 16th other wader highlights were 4 Jack Snipe and a Curlew Sandpiper at Bewan.
The high counts of Woodcock peaked at 21 birds, 2 Short-eared Owls were present both days and there were 8 Woodpigeon on the 16th.
Skylarks have been moving South in large numbers with the max count at 341 birds on the 16th, based on the flocks coming in off the sea the number of birds moving through the island would of been far higher.
Other passerine high counts were, 105 Robins, 2 Black Redstarts, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler, 49 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 67 Chiffchaff, 85 Goldcrest, 5 Chaffinch, 92 Brambling, 15 Redpoll sp. 25 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Common Rosefinch, singles of Greenfinch and Goldfinch, 1 Crossbill in the surgery garden.
A Little Bunting was present around the obs on the both days, while the Barred Warbler was at Ires Taing again on the 15th, the Hoopoe stuck around Trolla and a lovely adult Yellowhammer was present in the Vincoin tattie patch and the Red-flanked Bluetail was re-trapped in Holland on the 16th.
Common Scoter - George Gay

Hoopoe - George Gay

Purple Sandpiper - George Gay

Yellowhammer - George Gay

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