Thursday, 13 October 2016

9th-10th October

Another decent couple of days of weather and birding, 8 Red-throated Divers has been our highest count for a few weeks, while Pink-footed Goose numbers continue to fall with 58 being present on the 10th.
A pair of Hen Harriers were present on both days, a female Sparrowhawk was trapped in Holland on the 9th and 3 Merlin were also present on the 10th.
Woodcock have started to return, with 3 being our highest count this Autumn, the Grey Phalarope was still present on the 9th but hasn't been seen since.
4 Purple Sandpipers and a single Curlew Sandpiper on the 9th were the other wader highlights.
Thrush numbers are still on the rise, 9 Fieldfare and 44 Redwing were maximum counts on the 10th and Song Thrushes peaked the previous day with 15 recorded.
Other passerines included 3 Yellow-browed Warblers on the 9th and 2 on the 10th, 14 Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaff, 79 Goldcrests, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Brambling, 22 Wheatear, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, singles of Black and Common Redstart and 64 Twite.
The good numbers of Little Buntings continued with no less than 5 birds being recorded around the island.
Brambling - George Gay

Yellow-Browed Warbler - George Gay

Little Bunting - George Gay

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