Friday, 2 November 2018

1st November

Once the early morning rain had moved through it was another fine day with light SW winds still and some long spells of sunshine; there was the odd new bird found through the day with a trickle of Finches noted on the move which included 11 Chaffinches, 2 Brambling, 2 Greenfinches, a Goldfinch, an increase to 57 Twite, 14 Common Redpoll and a single Lesser Redpoll trapped at Ancum as it came into roost.   Other birds across the island included 2 Hen Harriers, a Kestrel, 2 Woodcock, a Woodpigeon, a Short-eared Owl, a Wheatear, 30 Fieldfare, 57 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, a Jackdaw, a Lapland Bunting and 6 Snow Buntings.

                Other totals of note on the first day of the month comprised 8 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver in Nouster, a Great-northern Diver, 5 Herons, 4 Whooper Swans, 216 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 116 Teal, the Green-winged Teal still on Gretchen, 46 Mallard, 13 Pintail, 12 Long-tailed Duck, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 364 Golden Plover and a Grey Plover.


Migrant Wren (on the right), desperate times!

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