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Monday, 11 November 2019

10th Nov – Buntings & Bramblings

Sunday 10th November

Richard Campey reports a gloomy start to the day, with a small movement of thrushes and finches over Millcombe, including 19 Redwing, 16 Chaffinch, two Brambling and four Goldfinch. Out and about under clearing skies and increasing sunshine later in the day, Richard found: a Brambling in the High Street, two on the wall of Lighthouse Field and three more overhead; two Snow Buntings just to the west of the main track next to Tillage Field; a single Linnet near the pig sty; a Lapland Bunting calling in flight at Quarter Wall; a calling Golden Plover; a female Sparrowhawk off the East Side Path in the late afternoon; a male Blackcap at the top of Millcombe; and totals of six Stonechat and five Blackbird. Other visitors logged two Teal, two Gannet, plus a Buzzard being mobbed by Carrion Crows and a Peregrine at mid-day.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

9th Nov – A quiet day

Richard Campey reports a quiet day birdwise, with blustery conditions limiting birding opportunities. His few sightings during the day comprised: a Snipe, five Goldcrests, two Chiffchaffs, a Redwing and a Song Thrush around the Terrace and Quarries; 11 Lesser Black-backed and 23 Herring Gulls on Pondsbury; and a Feral Pigeon and 18 Carrion Crows. Other visitors had logged six Redwings.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

8th Nov – Lapland Bunting & Black Redstart

Friday 8th November

Richard Campey reports a "Beautiful day, with the wind dropping in the afternoon, but getting colder with a clear night following". Sightings included: a Lapland Bunting and three Fieldfares at Old Light; a male Black Redstart, a Stonechat and two Rock Pipits at Halfway Wall; two Goldcrests, a female Blackcap and a Redwing along the Terrace; the same or another Lapland Bunting on the path just south of Quarter Wall, with three more Stonechats in the same area; and a Linnet along the High Street. Totals logged included 2 Chiffchaffs (one if which was in the Tavern garden), 5 Stonechats, 30 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, a Song Thrush and 372 Starlings.

Additional observers Mandy Dee and John Hedger.

Afternoon sun on the newly renovated Brambles Pond © Richard Campey

Old Light is also getting attention, but a Lapland Bunting here was more diverting still... © Richard Campey

Friday, 8 November 2019

6th Nov – Whooper Swans on Pondsbury

Wednesday 6th November

Two Whooper Swans were seen on Pondsbury, then in Lighthouse Field. There were also three Snow Buntings near the Rocket Pole. Continuing passage of Chaffinches and Starlings gave totals of 216 and 425 respectively. Other notable sightings included single Woodcock, Snipe and Merlin, small numbers of passage thrushes (15 Blackbird, 24 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare), six Goldcrest and a female Blackcap.

Record shot of adult Whooper Swans on Pondsbury, 6 Nov © Alan Rowland

Report compiled from observations by Chris & Mandy Dee and Alan & Sandra Rowland.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

2nd & 3rd Nov – Hatches battened down...but Swallows battle through

Chris & Carol Baillie, have had a rather quiet time (bird-wise, at least...) on a storm-bound island, with their departure delayed by weather for two days.

Saturday 2nd November

"Strong westerlies have limited bird activity. Of note were two Swallows past Millcombe, a Firecrest and the on-staying Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk and Merlin."

Sunday 3rd November

"Two Swallow, three overhead Skylark and a few Chaffinches on the move. Firecrest and Chiffchaff and five Goldcrests in Millcombe. Sea quiet."

Friday, 1 November 2019

1st Nov – Cetti’s Warbler reappears and seabirds on the move

Friday 1st November

The new month brought some murky conditions, but good birding as Chris & Carol Baillie relate:

"Overnight the winds calmed and moved south and south-southwest bringing fog to the plateau most of the day. Many Chaffinches and some Fieldfare and Redwing headed early into the mist. The Cetti’s Warbler reappeared in the same place it was first seen almost three weeks ago. The two Firecrests remained together with a Chiffchaff and (at least) six Blackcap. Six Teal were on Pondsbury. Feature of the day was a morning passage of seabirds passing Rat Island from the east and east-north-east. This was noticed shortly before 08.00 and involved more than a thousand auk sp. (estimating at least 700 being Guillemots), 750 Kittiwakes, and 40 Gannets. Noticeable was the presence of all Gannet age groups, the last nine days having featured nearly all adults. The passage stopped fairly abruptly, though some birds remained a while to feed off Surf Point. The direction of passage is notable as recent winds have also been easterly."

30th & 31st Oct – Easterly gales relent, migration resumes

Chris & Carol Baillie emerge from a gale-lashed Little St. John's...

Thursday 31st October

After two days of easterly gales the wind eased overnight and some modest movements of Chaffinch, Starling and Fieldfares was noticeable. Two each of Firecrest, Brambling and Chiffchaff, and singles of Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, Merlin, Kestrel and Song Thrush. Seven Stonechat.