Tuesday, 20 November 2018

20th November

More promising conditions, calm first thing with an increasing, very cold straight easterly wind and extensive cloud cover; despite the lateness of the season the weather produced a little flurry of new migrants across the island which included an adult female Peregrine, 2 Woodcock, a Woodpigeon, a Long-eared Owl trapped at Holland at dawn, 23 Skylarks, 12 Meadow Pipits, 10 Rock Pipits, 16 Robins, a Black Redstart at Moo Geo, 93 Blackbirds, 7 Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, a Common Redpoll, an increase to 94+ Snow Buntings and 5 Reed Buntings.

                Other birds included 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great-northern Diver, 16 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Hen Harriers, the long staying Kestrel, a Merlin, 4 Knot and a juvenile Glaucous Gull on rocks off Torness.

Glaucous Gull                                    Simon Davies

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