Friday, 25 October 2013

Seamus Feeney 24th October.

I had an email from Seamus Feeney who was on Tory on thursday....

Covered a lot of the island yesterday stayed 'til 1700 ferry but didn't have time or energy to get to it all. The number of starlings appears to be down from the 500 or so at West Town, about 100 here and another 100 at the wagtail site, likely the rosy has moved on, pity, would love to have seen it. Few migrants around, mostly Redwings. Very pleased to see the wagtail, though it is extremely flighty, couldn't get within 30mts of it or it would fly, usually into the fields behind, though returned to the beach every time. You done well to get such great photos. Looking forward to hearing of DNA results.

On ferry crossing were 4 Great Skuas, 1 out and 3 in. 5 Common Scoter.

I met Anton Meenan and chatted him for a while, nice to have someone there who's interested in birds...I mentioned some of the bits I'd seen and asked what were migrants, he said just about everything on the island is a migrant. So the few bits I saw were probably migrants so.

70-80 Redwing
3 Blackbirds
2 Goldfinch
Yellow Wagtail
1 Jack Snipe
6 Teal
2 Whoopers on east town lake, left the lake while I was there.
3 Chough
8 Eider
1 Heron
1 Dunnock
1 Richard's Pipit. I had this fly over calling..
It seems that there's been a clear out of warblers, did see a Zebra Finch though ;)

Thanks for the advice and working out the timetable. You picked Thursday rather than Wednesday because of the weather, you were right, no ferry on Wednesday. Good job I listened to you.

All the best,


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