Thursday, 9 October 2014

8th October 2014 Out Skerries NE 2 Clear

A nice dawn with a light northeasterly breeze that dropped to calm by the evening. Most birds had remained on the island although with a noticeable drop in numbers of Thrushes present. The light overhead passage of Skylarks had resumed and there were some small grounded parties present. Likewise the numbers of Woodcock, Wood Pigeons, Goldcrests and Robins had increased. A male Greenfinch seen bathing at Rocklea was the first we've seen, another Grey-headed Wagtail was seen in the sheep fields near the marsh, a drake Scoter was sat on the sea off the beach at the end of the marsh but the best was saved for the last 20 minutes of evening light when Chris and Mike located a Great Grey Shrike and its larder in a tiny enclosed back garden of one of the top houses on West Isle. Towards dusk it was calm and eerily quiet with most passerines seen feeding frenetically so we anticipate an overnight clear out of migrants. Spent an enjoyable evening with Davey & Kathleen.
Pink-footed Goose 17
Greylag Goose 1
Teal 1
Tufted Duck 1
Scaup 1
Scoter 1 drake
Grey Heron 6
Kestrel 1+
Ringed Plover 6
Golden Plover 40
Lapwing 2
Purple Sandpiper 3
Dunlin 7
Jack Snipe 4
Snipe 9
Woodcock 3
Turnstone 12
Wood Pigeon 8
Great Grey Shrike 1
Goldcrest 9
Skylark 40
Swallow 3+
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 1
Blackcap 6
Blyth's Lesser Whitethroat 1
Wren 3
Ring Ouzel 1 male
Blackbird 11
Fieldfare 1
Song Thrush 85+
Redwing 50+
Robin 12
Whinchat 1
Stonechat 1
Wheatear 18
Dunnock 2
Grey-headed Wagtail 1
Meadow Pipit 50
Chaffinch 5
Brambling 35
Greenfinch 1
Siskin 2
Yellowhammer 3
Reed Bunting 10

Wren on Out Skerries

Brambling on Out Skerries

Greenfinch on Out Skerries

Male Ring Ouzel on Out Skerries

Robin on Out Skerries

Grey-headed Wagtail on Out Skerries

Jack Snipe on Out Skerries

Woodcock on Out Skerries

Scaup on Out Skerries

Blyth's Lesser Whitethroat on Out Skerries

Great Grey Shrike on Out Skerries

Dusk on Out Skerries