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Sunday 27 October 2019

26th Oct – Wet, wet wet!

With Friday 25th seeing the island battered by severe gales from mid-day, leading to a 'splash & dash' early departure for MS Oldenburg on its last passenger-carrying service of the season, Chris & Carol Baillie report on less wild, but extremely soggy conditions the following day...

Saturday 26th October

"After yesterday's gale settled overnight, constant rain led to swollen water courses – a mountain stream from Brambles into Millcombe. Few birds at sea, and those on land hunkered down. Six of the fifty or so Chaffinches departed this afternoon. The rest remain feeding up with four Brambling and a few Goldfinch. Fourteen Siskin passed north over the Terraces, and a Lapland Bunting called overhead as skies cleared this evening. No warblers or crests, and a single Fieldfare was the only winter thrush. Also two Snipe, a Merlin and a single Kestrel."

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