Tuesday, 1 November 2011

1st November

Odds and ends continued to make landfall on the coasts, and a new Short-toed Lark was found in the rough fields at the north of the island while the lingering bird was still at Bewan. A male Stonechat near the lighthouse was probably the most interesting of the other new migrants, and counts of the more regular species included 31 Robins, 9 Black Redstarts, 1 Dunnock, 15 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 3 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling, 3 Greenfinches and 4 Goldfinches. The day's birds of prey were 3 Hen Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlins and a Short-eared Owl.

Short-eared Owl

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