Thursday, 30 October 2014

30th October 2014

Weather : SSE force 3/4, later S 2, some mist
A good migration day with over 40 species recorded, which is more than usual for this time of year. A female/juvenile Long-tailed Duck was found off the north end at about 11.00 hrs, a less than annual visitor to the island. There were again a lot of Siskin records today totalling 75 birds, with 4 Chaffinches, 6 Greenfinches, and a Goldfinch, also over 100 Starling fly-overs, but only 2 Skylarks. Other migrants today were typical late autumn movements of 15 Blackbirds, 2 Redwings and a Song Thrush, while a small passage of Meadow Pipits was slightly more unexpected. Larger species moving were a Merlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Whooper Swans flying south west over the West Kirby shore. A new high of 83 Brent Geese was established this morning, other birds on the shore included 80 Sanderling, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Little Egrets.

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