Other non-passerine highlights include the ringtail Hen Harrier, a single Merlin, 2 Woodpigeon and the Hoopoe. A good diversity and number of waders are also still to be found with totals including 541 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 58 Oystercatchers, 53 Ringed Plover, 122 Lapwing, 47 Sanderling, 63 Purple Sandpipers, 25 Dunlin, 79 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 22 Bar-tailed Godwits, 49 Curlew, 134 Redshank and 189 Turnstone, most of which are gaging themselves on invertebrates found amongst the huge banks of decaying seaweed deposited on the east coast.
Last but not least the passerines. Late autumn passage tends to be dominated by the thrushes with a mixture of lingering birds and the occasional new arrival. Their totals include 45 Blackbirds, 20 Fieldfare, 143 Redwing. The majority of other passerines are now centered around our main ringing site at Holland gardens and around the observatory, the main exception being 18 Meadow Pipits, 1 Rock Pipits and a flock of 32 Twite at the northern end of the island. The rest being 5 Robins, 5 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and 3 Lesser Redpoll. The only non-avian highlight of the day was a single Silver Y, a reminder that migrant birds aren't the only animals to be arriving here.
|Fulmar flying through Rainbow - George Gay|