Hoop, Hoop! Hurrah!

A very wet, very bedraggled Hoopoe first thing in the morning (Bex Outtram)

A very wet, very bedraggled Hoopoe first thing in the morning (Bex Outtram)

Early morning looking wet but conditions improved as did the bird! (Bex Outram)

Early morning looking wet but conditions improved as did the bird! (Bex Outram)

Classic island birding; Goldcrest on the cliffs!

Classic island birding; Goldcrest on the cliffs!

Major influx of Song Thrush with over 400 recorded today (Bex Outram)

Major influx of Song Thrush with over 400 recorded today (Bex Outram)

Tuesday 6th October comments: I did warn you. As the weather was looking good this week for bringing migrant birds to the island, the blog has been dominated by their arrival (we’ll get back to the seals very soon!). However our attention was once again on the migrant birds which were arriving and once again we were not disappointed…

It’s not every day you can say you got out of bed and were watching Hoopoe moments later but that is what happened. A very wet and bedraggled bird was discovered at the picnic site and showed well (in terrible weather conditions; heavy rain and strong wind) but no mistaking what it was! It represents the 14th record for the island, first since April 2008 and first autumn record since 1977 (there’s some stats for you!).

Thereafter things only got better with the islands third ever Red-throated Pipit discovered, another deluge of thrushes including six Ring Ouzels and a Mistle Thrush. Other highlights included 50 Goldcrest, 5 Short-eared owls, 6 Jack Snipe, two Lapland Buntings, Black Redstart and Redstart with eight Yellow-browed Warblers just for good measure. What a period this has been and that is saying something. More tomorrow?  I suspect so….

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