Saturday, 27 October 2018

27th October

A similar day with the cold, strong northerly wind bringing more nasty hail / rain showers throughout; there was a steady stream of Fulmars offshore through the day with rates varying from 200 per hour in the morning to an impressive 1,890 per hour in the late afternoon, other birds noted offshore included 5 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great-northern Divers, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Skuas and the first Glaucous Gull of the autumn.

                Across the land, migrants included 2 Yellow Wagtails (the Trolla bird still present and a new 1st winter western-type at Howar), a Woodcock, 2 Hen Harriers, 2 Kestrels, 19 Meadow Pipits, 13 Rock Pipits, 3 Robins, a Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 74 Redwing, single Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 14 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 4 Twite, 26 Snow Buntings and 10 Reed Bunting while 2 Grey Plover were in Nouster.

Yellow Wagtail

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