Seawatch with JL from 7.30 to 10.30am in advance of the storms . The sea was calm force 2 varable going SW.

9 Balearic Shearwaters west and 3 east; 5 Manx Shearwaters west. 4 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese west ( our first of the autumn ) ;  1 Common Scoter west then east ;127 Auks (mainly Razorbills) west with  a steady passage of Gannets passing both east and west. Also 1 Fulmar and 1 adult Med Gull. Joining us on our seawatch was a steady trickle of passerines either coming in off the sea or flying west : 100+ Meadow Pipits; 17 Alba Wagtails; 14 Skylarks ; 10 Swallows and others unidentifiable. Next, a wheatear near the Hump and a possible Black Redstart on the roof of one of the coastguard cottages , but  more of this at a later date.

Around the car park and reserve 7 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps and a female Bullfinch calling with a less ‘piu’ call but rather a trumpet-like ‘honk’ sound !  A steady trickle of Swallows with at least 60 flying over the reserve. Below the car park at least 28 Clouded Yellows and 1 definite Helice type and also a paler upper-winged CY ( Pat saw at least 50 Clouded Yellows yesterday with many coming in off the sea). Having a cup of coffee in the car park at 2pm I saw both a young Sparrowhawk and a Hobby fly over. A later walk around the Loop produced nothing of note.

Posted October 5th, 2014 at 9:18 pm in Bird News