Wednesday 31 October 2018

31st October 2018

Weather: SE force 3,  cold , vis 10 miles
The south easterly felt very cold this morning but brought in 5 Blackbirds and 3 Song Thrushes down in the paddocks early on, also a Redwing calling overhead.
 A Reed Bunting and a Chaffinch were also about the island. Over a hundred Starling passed over this morning.

Observers arriving just south of Middle saw a passerine battling south low over the sand against the wind which flew back behind them towards Middle and landed on a small rock on the beach. It then became obvious that it was a Black Redstart.

It flew towards the south cove where a Peregrine tried and failed to predate it. A search of Middle eventually found it once more on the rocks on the north of the island before it disappeared again. This is the first record here for over 3 years.

A look at the north end of the main island found several Scoter and Great Crested Grebes also an Eider and 7 Teal resting with the Brent.
Two Purple Sandpipers and 129 Redshank were amongst the waders. Two Whooper Swans flew west between Middle and Little Eye.

Ringed: 1 Song Thrush    [ 537-34 ]
photos CJ,AS,SRW

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