Tuesday, 31 October 2017

29th and 30th October

The blazing westerlies of the last couple of days had slackened off a tiny bit on the 29th and had shifted more into the north and become much colder; a short seawatch proved to be productive as 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Blue Fulmars, 3 Little Auks, 6 Puffins and 342 large Auk sp. passed the hide while 7 Red-throated and 5 Great-northern Divers were also seen.   The Green-winged Teal reappeared on Gretchen along with 20 Gadwall, 12 Long-tailed Ducks, a Goldeneye and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers while 122 Sanderling and a Ruff were of note.

                A couple of new passerines popped up with a Black Redstart on the west coast and a Mistle Thrush on The Links while an interesting young male Peregrine, also on The Links must have had some northern genes in there somewhere.   Other land migrants included a Sparrowhawk, 8 Robins, a Wheatear still, 22 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, 13 Redwings, 4 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 3 Chaffinches, a Brambling, a Siskin, a Common Redpoll and 64 Snow Buntings.

Peregrine,   Simon Davies

                The wind had mercifully dropped away to almost nothing on the 30th and gradually moved round into the south; the sea, once again provided most of the interest with our third FEA’S PETREL of the year passing the hide at 11:30 with presumably the same bird coming back round at 13:20 (or maybe even a different bird!), also seen offshore were 6 Great-northern Divers, 41 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 4 Skua sp., 30 Little Auks, 51 Puffins and a Minke Whale while hour long sample counts included 1,408 Fulmars (with nine Blues), 881 Kittiwakes and 2,063 large Auk sp.

                The Green-winged Teal was again on Gretchen while on the land birds included two juvenile Rooks by the Obs, 11 Robins, 28 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, a Song Thrush, 39 Redwings, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Chaffinch, a Brambling and 47 Snow Buntings.

Sanderling,   Simon Davies
Red-throated Divers,   Simon Davies

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