A day spent entirely on St Mary's with strong winds which had veered around so that they were originating now from the north-east. Not surprisingly the bird of the day was Redwing with hundreds arriving during the day, with smaller numbers of Fieldfare and an increase in the numbers of Goldcrests and Blackcaps. By mid-afternoon a good number of Swallows had also arrived, presumably the last of the birds from Scandanavia and northern Europe. Chiffchaffs also increased, in all probability exiting countries similar to those of the Swallow.
An hour in the morning with one mist net open was good enough to catch and ring singles of Grey Wagtail and Yellow-browed Warbler.
A walk around the Garrison also provided a Lapland Bunting and very brief views of Wryneck and Ring Ouzel. Next was Peninnis Head which hosted a confiding Snow Bunting and a couple of Lapland Buntings. The strong sunshine was incredibly warm out of the wind and yet another totally dry day was enjoyed by all.
The Lower Moors area continues to be good and provided close views of Grey Wagtail and two Jack Snipe. A wander around to Porthellick increased the day total of Jack Snipe to four plus another Yellow-browed Warbler. Two Redwings were caught and ringed in the evening.
Eleanor and Neil
Kestrel with Scilly Mouse!
Cock House Sparrow