Tuesday 25 October 2011

25th October 2011

Early evening yesterday it was windy Force 7 but Redwings could be heard overhead during the night. The wind varied throughout the day but the early flooding tide brought 42 Gannets close off the north end, as a nice Great Northern Diver flew east giving good views, 10 Great Crested Grebes and 14 Common Scoters where also present.
A Hen Harrier was observed, from Red Rocks, over Middle and down over the West side, meanwhile two Peregrines gave good views during a tussle near the mast on the main Island. Wader numbers where as follows: 6000 Oystercatchers, 20 Ringed Plovers, 75 Curlew, 150 Knot, 120 Turnstone, 40 Redshank and 85 Dunlin, also 31 Pale -bellied Brents and 24 Shelduck
Migration/passerines was as follows:
Skylark 11, Meadow Pipit 33, Pied Wagtail 5, Goldcrest 1, Blackbird 4, Redwing 1, Starling 84 (several flocks) Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 4, Linnet 26, Coal Tit 1 (am) Rock Pipit 1.
Around 16:00 a Short-eared Owl was observed quartering the gutter on the East side towards the north end, it then flew across the shore and landed on a seaweed/mud outcrop where it remained until at least dusk, a Merlin flew down the east side at 17:00 chasing Turnstone.
Ringing: Blackbird 2, Greenfinch 1, Chaffinch 1, Wren 1, Linnet 1
(CJW et al) [926-45]

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