Nuthatch tops the bill

11th September 2008 - bright and sunny S3/4
Although quieter than yesterday morning observations (0830-0930) provided variety if not the quantity. Sightings were led by 3 Arctic Skua (2 dark, 1 pale) and also included 71 Common Scoter, 26 Gannet, 10 Wigeon, 6 Arctic Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Razorbill, 3 Pintail and single Manx Shearwater and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Goldcrest and single Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 1000 Knot was the largest of the autumn so far.
Presumably the result of post-breeding dispersal and a steady expansion in the Cumbrian breeding range, rather than migration, a Nuthatch was just the second island record. Continuing the woodland theme - a flock of 20 Long-tailed Tit would appear to be the largest ever recorded on the island.
At least 5 Migrant Hawker were logged.