A pleasant day on the 9th with bright conditions and a light westerly breeze; there weren’t too many new grounded migrants but there was still a turnover of waders with 2 Little Stints and 2 Curlew Sandpipers at the north end, another increase to 48 Ruff, a Whimbrel and counts of 58 Black-tailed Godwits and 128 Redshank. Another influx of ducks included 69 Wigeon, 105 Teal and 60 Mallard while the first 3 Long-tailed Ducks of the autumn passed the seawatch hide.
The only new landbird in the nice weather was a Redstart at Phisligar while other birds included single Sparrowhawk and Merlin, 3 Sand Martins, 70 Swallows, a Rock Pipit, 76 Wheatears, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 Lapland Buntings and a high count of 326 Linnets.
flava Wagtail, photo Bryony Baker
Promising conditions on the 10th with a hint of east in the brisk and increasing southerly wind and numerous showers, it was however seawatching that stole the show with our third Great Shearwater of the autumn passing north past the seawatch hide late afternoon along with 85 Sooty Shearwaters, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 600+ Gannets, 18 Arctic Terns, a Common Tern and 160 Razorbills counted in just a couple of hours along with small numbers of Risso’s Dolphins lingering off the north and west coast of the island.
There was a hint of some new arrivals with a Common Rosefinch at the north end, the first Dunnock of the autumn at Holland, 2 Tree Pipits, 5 Rock Pipits, a new Lesser Whitethroat and an increase to 10 Lapland Buntings noted. Other birds comprised the Marsh Harrier still, single Peregrine and Kestrel, the flava Wagtail still at the Beacon, 3 Willow Warblers and the Redstart still.
Sedge Warbler, photo George Gay
Tystie and Kitt, photo Simon Davies