Saturday, 22 October 2016

17th-19th October

It's busy here at the moment so apologies for the lateness of these blog posts, it's Harvest home time up here so it's all hands to the deck!
The winds have stayed East and weather clear. The Female Common Scoter was present again this time on the sea behind Gretchen, the Skylark numbers are still high with total numbers reaching 294.
Robin numbers fell too 62 as did Blackcap to 17, Chiffchaff 30, Goldcrest 50, Brambling 52 and Chaffinch 3. The Thrush numbers also decreased with high totals being Blackbird 100, Fieldfare 165, Song Thrush 85 and 263 Redwing rounded off the totals in that department.
The Hoopoe was still present on the 17th as was the Little Bunting around the obs, another Red-breasted Flycatcher was a nice surprise on the 17th and the bird continued to show well on the 18th. A group of 9 Tundra or Rossicus Bean Geese were found in the field next to Kirbest farm. The 19th was a bit of a write off on here, the team decided a successful twitch for the Western Orphean Warbler on mainland Orkney was on the cards. On return the nets were opened, a male Sparrowhawk was trapped and the Hoopoe decided to roost in Holland in the evening, but by a stroke of poor fortune (on our part) it managed to evade the mist nets!
Red-breasted Flycatcher - George Gay

Rossicus (Tundra) Bean Geese - George Gay


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