Wednesday, 19 October 2011

19th October 2011

The westerlies continued and an afternoon high tide visit was meant to focus on sea-watching. However, the most unusual sighting of the day was a Coal Tit that was heard and then found in the trapping area although it was not caught. Other migrants included a Goldcrest, which likewise avoided capture, although a new Wren was ringed. A Merlin hunted the islands again today.

Seawatching did produce a couple of Leach's Petrels, 6 Kittiwakes and 2 late Arctic Skuas along with a single Red-throated Diver, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 25 Guillemot. However, the highlight was four Whooper Swans that flew in and landed on the sea off the North End. Waders included 3,000 Oystercatchers, 300 Knot and 150 Dunlin.

(CJW + J Coupe) [906-45]

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