Friday 30th October comments: The migration of northern thrushes continued unabated on Thursday across the island as yet more birds arrived whilst others departed. The clear skies of the previous evening ensured many of the 2,000 Blackbirds had moved off west but that didn’t stop more from arriving.
During the course of Thursday, over 3,000 more Blackbirds arrived and continued on their journey to the UK mainland. A total of 298 Blackbirds were ringed (in just 7 hours) showing you the scale of the movement. Woodcock numbers had increased with 80 across the island (they were literally everywhere you walked) and other birds including Ring Ouzel and three Black Redstarts were seen.
With the winds switching direction at the weekend, we should see things slowing up and then we can take a look at the Grey Seal colonies as things have been advancing since the last update!
Thursday 29th October highlights: Woodcock 80, Short-eared owl 6, Tree Pipit (late record!), Black Redstart 3, Ring Ouzel 1, Fieldfare 200, Redwing 250, Blackbird 3,000, Chiffchaff 20 and Yellowhammer 1 (scarce bird on here).