Tuesday 7 October 2014

Snowy still but little more to report

A good word to describe today would be "tough". The weather was poor with a brisk westerly wind, low cloud, fog and occasional rain making conditions difficult for birding around the island. The main news concerns the continued presence of the female Snowy Owl still in the valley just south of the Lighthouse Valley, though she can be very mobile and was last seen north of the lighthouse.

Snowy Owl (photo by Kris de Rouck)

A Common Kestrel over the village late afternoon was not quite the exciting arrival we had in mind, but at least it was something new. One of the Collared Doves was also seen near Lapa.

Seawatching produced a few birds including Great Shearwaters, juvenile Pomarine Skua, a couple of Oceanodroma storm-petrels (either Leach's or one of the Band-rumped species) and a superb Sooty Shearwater that lingered just off the windmills for a several minutes in the evening.

The wait for a new American landbird goes on - and looking at the forecast, it is unlikely to be before next week.


Teal sp 1 at reservoir
Great Shearwater 8+
Sooty Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 1
Storm-petrel sp 2
Pomarine Skua juvenile past the windmills early afternoon
Kestrel 1
White-rumped Sandpiper 1st-winter at old harbour
Little Stint 1st-winter at old harbour
Snowy Owl female still
Collared Dove 2 still
Wheatear 2 at reservoir

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