A very light south south east wind with clear skies produced another lovely day on the island...and the birds weren't bad either!
Visible movement was a little thin with a few pipits, Skylarks, the odd Starling and a few finches including a Brambling as well as a single Reed Bunting, however, 3 Greenfinches dropped in and were caught in the 'Heli' trap as well as a Linnet. A single female House Sparrow dropped in and toured the island before also being caught (see left).
The obvious highlight of the day was another Lapland Bunting (or Longspur if you prefer) our sixth of the autumn. Today's bird was found at the North End (see right) in amongst a group of Meadow Pipits. It spent a while preening and dust bathing.
It then moved further south and was relocated by our 'potter' traps on Wheatear hill opposite the Observatory. It spent the next couple of hours feeding around the potters and on the nearby sandstone wall (see top and below) but unfortunately was not caught. However, it was successfully 'twitched' by two members from the mainland.