Tuesday, 4 October 2016

No Pipit

Howling easterlies from the word go. A quick seawatch from Peninnis got Arctic Skua and Bonxie, while stumbling over a Black Redstart while failing to find a Little Bunting meant birds were coming in. We were lead astray by news of a Blyth's Pipit near Porthellick and a large chunk of the day was taken up searching the fields here and the airfield, but to no avail. The American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper were still present along with a very smart male Lapland Bunting.

American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
Lapland Bunting
Lots of migrants around today, with several Yellow-browed Warbler and Whinchat. A Wryneck showed in a bulb field near Borough Farm and a Cattle Egret flew over Holy Vale. At Bar Point there was a pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Common Scoter. At the end of the day, back in Hugh Town the Black-necked Grebe was in Town Bay and a Common Scoter at Porthcressa.

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