11th October

A day of variety if not rarity value. A Yellow-browed Warbler trapped at the obs during a break in the weather provided some much needed enthusiasm during a rather wet an windy morning. A Great Northern Diver was the first of the autumn, a pair of Yellowhammers were a welcome addition to the year list, three Ring Ouzels were present across the island and a couple of Firecrests finalised the less common species. Commoner migrants included: the first 1000+ day of Linnets for the autumn, a small handful of Song Thrushes and Redwings, a Whinchat at Barleycrates Lane, a Snipe at the North end and an Osprey over the West Cliffs.

Yellow-browed Warbler and Ring Ouzel were both trapped for the first time this year - much to the delight of the onlookers who were finding them tricky to get to grips with in the field on such a blustery day © Martin Cade/ Erin Taylor (Yellow-browed Warbler) and Nick Hopper (Ring Ouzel):