Tuesday 7 October 2014

Take a Brow

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well (David Kinchin-Smith)

A good thing our boat's not in its usual spot

Huge seas! (David Kinchin-Smith)

Thrushes on the move! A Song Thrush from today

A tree full of Linnets

Tuesday 7th October comments: We weathered yesterday’s storm but the sea certainly hasn’t calmed. It’s been a stunning day on the islands but with the residual swell from yesterday the sea was an impressive beast. The fine weather has allowed movement of migratory birds which were clearly grounded by the horrendous conditions yesterday. Further signs of the approaching winter came in the form of a Short-eared Owl, our first Woodcock of the autumn and thrushes moving through in some numbers. The highlight of today however was provided by the arrival of 3 Yellow-browed warblers, which was echoed elsewhere on the east coast with an influx of these delicate eastern visitors.

Autumn’s an exciting time out here with birds using the islands as vital refuelling grounds before continuing on epic migrations across the globe. Come and experience these natural wonders for yourselves!

Todays’ totals: Grey Plover 2, Woodcock 1, Short-eared Owl 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Meadow Pipit 45, Wheatear 2, Song Thrush 57, Redwing 3, Blackbird 6, Robin 10, Dunnock 7, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Yellow-browed Warbler 3, Skylark 4, Linnet 10, Chaffinch 2, Brambling 7, Reed Bunting 6  

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