One bird which didn't manage to linger for long was the River Warbler that had been trapped here on 11th September. Sadly it was found dead today by the Obs plantation, the arduous crossing of the North Sea against the westerly winds evidently proving too much for it to recover from (it was in an emaciated condition when found).
Census counts of commoner migrants today showed reasonable increases in Wheatears (to 67) and Skylarks (113), whilst there were also 14 Snow Buntings and 13 Lapland Buntings. A few Pink-feet are still on the move, with 18 today, but a far more unseasonable sighting yesterday was the Puffin circling over the Roskillie colony with a mouthful of fish!
|The River Warbler in happier times (photo by Sammy Fraser).|