Saturday, 1 October 2016

27th-28th September

The wind really picked up over the period and the 27th was almost unbirdable, all bar the movement of Pink-footed Geese with over 2000 being recorded on both days, singles of Jack Snipe, Ruff, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler and Lapland Bunting rounded the 27th off with very little to shout about.
The 28th was a very different story a moulting adult Slavonian Grebe was seen briefly off the links in the afternoon, another first for the autumn was a Goldfinch at Senness. The golf course also played host to 7 Snow Buntings and a single Kestrel. Good numbers of Merlin were recorded with 4 individuals being present, wader numbers remained pretty much as they were, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Ruff, 4 Jack Snipe, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits and 476 Snipe being the highlights. 23 Woodpigeon were seen flying North-West over Holland, which is a record count breaking the previous record of 22 set in 1998. Other highlights include 4 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrests, 28 Lapland Buntings and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers. The big highlight of the day was an Ortolan Bunting that stopped briefly at the Kirbest crop.

Pink-footed Geese - George Gay
Ortolan Bunting - Larissa Simulik

Pink footed Goose Flock - George Gay

Red-throated Diver - Larissa Simulik

Snow Bunting - George Gay

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