The increasing NW wind brought the expected influx of geese, although getting accurate counts as flocks come in, headed out to sea, turned round again, split up and circled the island was not easy. However, the 8th saw at least 870 Greylag, 194 Pink-feet and 6 Barnacles, whilst 480 Greylag and 20 Barnacles passed through on 9th.
|Honk. Another skein of Greylags pass over.|
|The Short-toed Lark showed well in the Havens at times, although staying steady enough to get a decent photo in the increasing winds proved tricky.|
Other signs of new birds in on 9th included the first Goldfinch of the autumn, the first 2 Fieldfare for a few days, 2 Lapland Buntings and an increase of Redwings (with a total of 53 including a flock of 31 in the Obs garden), whilst the Hen Harrier and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker both also remain.
We have one more very windy day to get through and then the winds are set to drop away before picking up from the east again, and we’re entering a very interesting time for potentially very rare visitors…