Sunday, 28 September 2014

28th September 2014 Out Skerries W2 Clear

What a difference a day can make as clear skies with a light westerly had replaced the gales. It felt ideal bird-finding conditions but with the arrival of Chris and Pete it felt in danger of there being more birders than birds today! The early morning walk around the East Isle did produce 4 Pied Wagtails and hinted at an arrival of Wheatears. The three Pinkfeet were watched departing high southeast but it was then very hard work with something of a clear out of lingering birds leaving very low numbers of migrants remaining on the island.
Pink-footed Goose 3 left southeast, 1 touring the island calling
Heron 4
Ringed Plover 2
Golden Plover 35
Snipe 1
Black-headed Gull 2
Arctic Tern 1 juvenile
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Goldcrest 1
Willow Warbler 1
Blackcap 3
Redstart 1
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 15
Pied Wagtail 4
Tree Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit 20
Twite 50
Little Bunting 1
Out Skerries looking serene again after the gales

Looking north from Out Skerries
Rocklea and its garden on Out Skerries

 Pink-footed Goose on Out Skerries
Presumably left behind by its flock it constantly toured the island calling 

Out Skerries from the bridge