It has been pretty quiet for September, and I was thinking that I had missed the bus by not being here for the first half of the month.
There has been the odd bird passing. A Grey Heron a couple of days ago. On the same day, a small bird flashed past. It was light coloured and gave a bunting/finch feel. I followed it around the corner of the accommodation, and although I never saw it again, I heard it calling from cover. Later, checking Xeno Canto, I found that the call sounded spot on for Snow Bunting. I've decided not to list it though, as I still have a niggling doubt that would keep me up nights.
Yesterday, a raptor flew in from the south, and although only seen in silhouette, I'm pretty sure it was a Kestrel.
Today, the wind has dropped, and we have had a flood of birds. First there was a flash of bright yellow down on one of the leg skirts. Certainly a Yellow or Grey Wagtail, but I never saw it again. What I did see on the same skirt was a Chiffchaff (Identified by photo by AW) and a nice male Redstart.
At the SE corner, I heard the call of a Sparrowhawk. Turning towards the sound, the hawk flew directly towards me with a prey item struggling violently in its talons. It landed briefly a few feet from me, headed off at speed when it saw me. The prey item was never identified.
Heading upstairs at lunchtime, a wader was seen in flight. It looked Dunlin like, and later, a wader on the Spider Deck was seen from directly above. With the curve of the beak and the belly not visible, I suspected Dunlin, and was happy when that was confirmed by AW from photo.
Heading down the stairs from lunch, three or four Wren were encountered.
37. Grey Heron