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Well, that is another trip over. It ended on a slightly sour note, as one of the Kestrels met its demise. It was seen on Monday, to be injured. Possibly a broken leg. I suspect it had a run in with either the Peregrine or a Sparrowhawk. I never saw the Peregine that day, but a female Sparrowhawk was very evident. The injured Kestrel was last seen in the afternoon taking to the air, but crashing into the sea, where it was set upon by several Great Black-backed Gulls.

On the bright side, a male Sparrowhawk was found tangled in a bit of netting. It was released with seemingly no ill affects.

Another Great Skua spotted, and finally, another Wheatear yesterday.

Edit - I forgot to report the dead Brambling that was found a couple of days ago. I had sight of one bird a few days ago that I am 99% sure was a Brambling, but did not quite get enough of it to list it.

35. Brambling (d)
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I've been updating all my lists over the weekend. Platform list now looks like this.....

  • Barnacle Goose
  • Greylag Goose
  • Pink-Footed Goose
  • Gadwall
  • Teal
  • Common Eider
  • Velvet Scoter
  • Common Scoter
  • Long-Tailed Duck
  • Red-Breasted Merganser
  • Nightjar (d)
  • Woodpigeon
  • Collared Dove
  • Water Rail
  • Oystercatcher*
  • Golden Plover
  • Ringed Plover (d)
  • Curlew
  • Turnstone
  • Ruff (d*)
  • Dunlin (d)
  • Woodcock
  • Snipe
  • Grey Phalarope
  • Spotted Redshank
  • Greenshank
  • Kittiwake
  • Black-Headed Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Great Black-Backed Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Lesser Black-Backed Gull
  • Arctic Tern
  • Great Skua
  • Arctic Skua
  • Common Guillemot
  • Razorbill
  • Puffin
  • Storm Petrel
  • Fulmar
  • Balearic Shearwater
  • Gannet
  • Shag
  • Cormorant
  • Grey Heron
  • Osprey*
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Long-Eared Owl
  • Short-Eared Owl
  • Wryneck (d)
  • Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine
  • Red-Backed Shrike
  • Carrion Crow
  • Hooded Crow
  • Waxwing
  • Blue Tit*
  • Great Tit
  • Swallow
  • House Martin
  • Yellow-Browed Warbler (d)
  • Willow Warbler
  • Chiffchaff
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Icterine Warbler
  • Blackcap
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Goldcrest
  • Wren
  • Starling
  • Blackbird
  • Fieldfare
  • Redwing
  • Song Thrush
  • Spotted Flycatcher (d)
  • Robin
  • Pied Flycatcher
  • Redstart
  • Stonechat
  • Wheatear
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Rock Pipit
  • Chaffinch
  • Brambling
  • Goldfinch
  • Siskin
  • Yellowhammer
  • Little Bunting (d)

Note – Buzzard species and Redpoll species also observed

94 species identified, with two other species seen, but not identified exactly.

(d) - Found dead
* - Not seen by author


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I arrived back yesterday. Only a few GBBGs and Herring Gulls about, apart from a single Gannet.

This morning though, in very wet conditions, I found my first Redwings of the year sheltering on the Cellar Deck. About a dozen present, so I assume a much larger flock will have passed by last night.

36. Redwing


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Not much change since Wednesday. Low numbers of GBBGs and Herring Gulls. The odd Gannet passing by. A single Redwing on Thursday, and another single sighting on Friday. Today a little change with a flock of 23 Kittiwake sitting off the platform, and a rather tired looking Woodpigeon sitting on the Spider Deck.

Wind is due to change to an easterly tomorrow, through into Monday, so hoping for it to bring some birds across from Norway.

Edit - Just realised the Woodpigeon is my first this year.

37. Woodpigeon


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Always interesting to hear what you're seeing offshore.
Do you get many Woodpigeons? Can't recall from memory, first time i've checked in for a while.


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There have been flocks of Redwing moving through each night, but this morning has been something else. There are thousands of Redwing surrounding and all over the platform. Also seeing Blackbird, which is good because they somehow managed to escape my attentions last year. Starling seen, and on the Cellar Deck, despite being buzzed by the Redwing, I had a close encounter with a couple of Brambling.

Nightshift reported seeing a probable owl.

This is as big a movement of birds as I've ever (31 yrs) seen out here. Should be a lot showing up on the east coast shortly!

38. Blackbird


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The vast majority of the flock has now moved on, however, there are still significant numbers of birds, Redwing and Brambling, down on the Cellar Deck. No sign of an owl, but I did find a Sparrowhawk male, also on the Cellar Deck.

I can now see what has triggered the mass movement, as the flock has been slightly ahead of a band of heavy rain being pushed along by a 35 Kn easterly.
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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