Fire, Crests and a Pallas’s

Photos – top Pallas’s Warbler left and right, bottom: Long-eared Owl, Waxwing and Siberian Chiffchaff.

Thursday 7th November comments: Finishing off the round-up of migrant birds this week we’ve had an exceptional spell considering its early November when most migrant birds have long departed. As well as the Waxwings featured a few days ago we’ve also had some other gems which have really completed our year.

On Monday a Pallas’s Warbler was discovered near the Top Trap; a species from Siberia which has not been recorded on here in almost twenty years. The stripey sprite (it has seven stripes) stayed for two days and showed extremely well as it fed on the sunny slopes of the lighthouse as it hunted insects. Alongside that another Siberian visitor (we are starting a pattern here) an Olive-backed Pipit was discovered; only the eleventh ever island record although seventh since 2015!

The week didn’t stop there as a migrant Long-eared Owl was caught and ringed whilst up to three Waxwings were eating the apples provided whilst a Glaucous Gull from the north kept up the wintery feel. Even today we’ve not lost our appetite for birds as a quiet island was brightened up by a stunning Firecrest which graced Holymans Road.

It’s been an exciting spell of birding but our next round-up will bring you news from the Seal colonies as the island is heaving with life. More to follow soon…..

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