Thursday 8th October comments: In complete contrast to yesterday the sun was shining, the wind (and sea!) eased and generally it was a stunning day (compared to yesterday’s constant rain).
Amazingly the Hoopoe reappeared and looked in far better health having had a few rays of sunshine on it rather than the bedraggled wet individual we saw two days ago. The bird obviously hid well yesterday but much to the delight of those on the island it performed well all day, feeding constantly building up fat reserves ready for its migration back south.
Other birds on the move included 1,451 Barnacle Geese alongside 483 Pink-footed Geese over. A Kingfisher was a big surprise discovery (a rare bird out here) whilst there was a general clear-out of birds as the thrushes had reduced in number. Despite this at least two Jack Snipe remained, and a Common Redpoll was present.