Friday, 17 October 2008

17th October

The wind dropped a little today making for a reasonable seawatch, with notable birds being a pomarine skua and 22 sooty shearwaters. Other birds passing included 91 fulmar with a single blue, 101 gannet and 159 kittiwake. The greylag flock in the south had with them 12 barnacle geese and 4 pink-footed geese, whilst other wildfowl consisted of 21 pintail, 24 shoveler, and 8 long-tailed duck, plus 5 red-breasted merganser and the first goosander of the year. A reasonable 91 fieldfare came in through the day along with 73 redwing, though the surprise highlight of the day came late afternoon with a short-toed lark in the stubble field at Nether Linnay.

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