A good autumnal feeling day on the 8th with light winds and misty murk coming and going through the day, it was just a shame that the wind had gone back into the NW; there was a good list of scarcities across the island through the day which included a Marsh Warbler trapped at Holland, 2 Barred Warblers (Obs and a new bird trapped at Holland), 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Common Rosefinches and the early first Brambling for the autumn.
Other migrant totals comprised 2 Short-eared Owls, a Rock Pipit, the Black Redstart, a Redstart, a Whinchat, a Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, a Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher. Also of note were 82 Wigeon and a little arrival of 14 Pintail, a Kestrel, 774 Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, a Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel.
A light southerly breeze started the day on the 9th but this soon became a brisk south-westerly, not usually our most profitable wind direction but there was again a nice selection of migrants across the island which included a Rock Pipit, the Black Redstart, a Redstart, 3 Whinchat, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Garden Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, the Greenish Warbler again which reappeared back at Dennishill, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher and a single Common Rosefinch.
Other little bits included the Buff-breasted Sandpiper still on Brides Loch, the first Jack Snipe of the autumn with an influx of 300+ Snipe, an increase to 8 Red-throated Divers, 3 Kestrels, a Ruff and 9 Black-tailed Godwits.
Yellow-browed Warbler George Gay
Whinchat George Gay