Thursday, 10 November 2016

1st - 2nd November

The birding scene has quietened down a little with a greater focus now invested on inputting much of our ringing data that has amounted during the year.  A cursory overview of the data suggests we have experienced yet another rewarding and productive year with some incredible highlights.  However, there are still plenty of exciting birds to be found without having to reflect on the stars of this year.  A quick visit to Gretchen was all that could be achieved, thanks to the aforementioned data entry consuming most of our time.  The lingering drake Green-winged Teal offered a welcome break.

The 2nd November involved a little more effort in the field again.  Seawatching yielded 113 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Little Auks, 6 Black Guillemots, 127 auk sp., 5 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 262 Fulmars, 131 Kittiwakes, 104 Gannets, 6 Long-tailed Ducks and a Red-breasted Merganser.  The stunning adult male Northern Harrier continues to grace the island with a ringtail Hen Harrier.  Other noteworthy non-passerines include Grey Plover and 2 Whooper Swans.  On the other hand, passerines can still be found in small numbers, including 4 Robins, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 32 Twite, 21 Snow Buntings, 17 Blackbirds, 41 Redwing and a single Fieldfare.

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