Friday, 10 October 2014

10th October 2014 Out Skerries NW2 Overcast

Early morning drizzle soon subsided leaving a grey and overcast day. A tour of the East Isle failed to produce anything new although a fair few Thrushes remained. Onto West Isle the iris beds still played host to the Reed Warbler and there were two Little Buntings also present there. We walked the long wall and onto Mioness but apart from Song Thrushes and Redwings migrants were in short supply although a subtly Blue Fulmar was seen sat on the sea. A final tour of East Isle produced a few migrants feeding along the seaweed line at dusk as insects hatched in the now calm conditions.

Pink-footed Goose 30
Tufted Duck 1
Grey Heron 6
Ringed Plover 6
Golden Plover 50
Lapwing 1
Dunlin 5
Snipe 3
Woodcock 1
Turnstone 12
Goldcrest 8
Skylark 12
Swallow 2
Reed Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 4
Blackcap 5
Blyth's Lesser Whitethroat 1
Wren 3
Blackbird 8
Song Thrush 50
Redwing 30
Robin 8
Whinchat 1
Stonechat 1
Wheatear 10
Dunnock 2
Meadow Pipit 30
Chaffinch 2
Brambling 45
Siskin 2
Little Bunting 2
Reed Warbler in the iris beds

Blue Fulmar off Mioness

Blyth's Lesser Whitethroat on Out Skerries

one of the best airstrips in the British Isles