Species list: Papa Westray 25th September - 2nd October 2004
Observed by Ian Broadbent, Philip Crockett and Ian Gordon
Purple Sandpipers at Fowl Craig
1) Great Northern DiverGavia immer - Singles off Mull Head 27/9 and Westray Sound 29/9
2) Red-throated DiverGavia stellata - Recorded in small numbers around the coast inc. 3 at Moclett 27/9
3) Northern FulmarFulmaris glacialis - Recorded in small numbers offshore; a flock of over 100 birds during a seawatch off Mull Head 27/9 was unusual
4) Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseus - 5 west past Mull Head 26/9
5) Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus - 1 west past Mull Head 26/9
6) British Storm-petrelHydrobates pelagicus - 3 west past Mull Head 26/9
7) Leach's Storm-petrelOceanodroma leucorhoa - 1, probably this species due to its strong, direct flight action, west past Mull Head 26/9
8) Northern GannetSula bassanus - Regularly observed offshore, usually in small groups
9) CormorantPhalacracorax carbo - Singles noted at various locations around the coast
10) ShagPhalacracorax aristotelis - Small numbers around the coast, larger groups were noted at Fowl Craig (c. 20) and Moclett (c.30)
11) Grey HeronArdea cinerea - Up to 3 were seen at various locations around the island inc. Loch St. Tredwell and North Hill.
12) Mute SwanCygnus olor - Up to 16 birds at Loch St. Tredwell
13) Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus - Up to 5 birds at Loch St. Tredwell
14) Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus - Only one skein of Pinkfeet was definitely identified, over Rose Cottage 27/9
15) Greylag GooseAnser anser - 2-300 usually around Loch St. Tredwell
16) Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope - Up to 200 birds noted at Loch St. Tredwell and Backaskaill
17) Common TealAnas crecca - Small numbers at various locations
18) MallardAnas platyrhynchos - Small numbers at various locations
19) Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata - Up to 20 recorded at various locations
20) Tufted DuckAythya fuligula - 1 Loch St Tredwell 27/9
21) Common EiderSomateria mollissima - Small groups recorded at various locations around the coast
22) Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis - 1 juv Loch St Tredwell 27-28/9; 2 adults Moclett 29/9
23) Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator - Small groups (up to 12 birds) recorded at various coastal locations
24) Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus - Single birds noted at various locations
25) MerlinFalco columbarius - Singles noted daily at various locations (excellent views of a female near Loch St Tredwell 27/9); a freshly dead juvenile was found near Sheepheight 29/9
26) PeregrineFalco peregrinus - Single over Mull Head 28/9
27) MoorhenGallinula chloropus - Singles in the eastern lagoons recorded most days
28) CootFulica atra - 1 Loch St Tredwell 27/9
29) OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus - Small numbers around the coast, especially around the northern and eastern coasts.
30) Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula - Small numbers along the beaches
31) American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica - 1 juvenile/1st-winter at Mad Geo, North Hill RSPB 27/9, later seen in flight several times near Mull Head. The first record of this Nearctic wader for Papa Westray. A full description of this bird will be submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee in due course.
32) European Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria - Groups of up to 500 birds were seen at various locations although the larger flocks tended to favour the area around Loch St. Tredwell. Difficult to say whether the numbers on the island fluctuated or if there was any passage of birds.
33) Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola - Up to 3 were noted along the beaches on most dates
34) Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus - Small groups recorded at various locations.
35) KnotCalidris canutus - Groups of up to 20 birds were noted daily.
36) SanderlingCalidris alba - Small numbers noted daily along the beaches.
37) Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima - Small numbers usually associating with Turnstone and other waders along the coast; a group of 10 at Fowl Craig 28/9
38) DunlinCalidris alpina - Small numbers around the coast, occasionally in fields with other waders
39) RuffPhilomachus pugnax - One with Golden Plovers 27/9
40) Common SnipeGallinago gallinago - Very common around the island, flushed from almost anywhere!
41) Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa - A single bird in the eastern lagoons on the evening of 25/9
42) Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica - Recorded daily in groups of up to 20 birds
43) Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata - Common and conspicuous around the island
44) Common RedshankTringa totanus - Common; recorded daily at various locations
45) TurnstoneArenaria interpres - Common along the beaches
46) Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus - An adult passed west at Mull Head 26/9, and a juvenile went west at the same location on 27/9
47) Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus - Singles recorded at North Hill 26/9 and Mull Head 27/9
48) Great SkuaCatharacta skua - Small numbers offshore around Mull Head and North Hill RSPB.
49) Black-headed GullLarus ridibundus - Small numbers around the eastern lagoons and Backaskaill
50) Common GullLarus canus - Fairly common around the island
51) Herring GullLarus argentatus - Noted daily
52) Greater Black-backed GullLarus marinus - Small numbers around the coast
53) Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla - Small numbers offshore esp. around Mull Head
54) Sandwich TernSterna sandvicensis - Two birds seen regularly around the eastern beaches
55) Arctic TernSterna paradisaea - Small numbers offshore
56) GuillemotUria aalge - A few passed Mull Head during seawatching.
57) RazorbillAlca torda - One in Westray Sound 29/9 and another in Moclett Bay 29/9
58) Black GuillemotCepphus grille - Small numbers of moulting birds around the island
59) Rock DoveColumba livia - Lots of feral birds were seen including several birds approximating to the ancestral form.
60) SkylarkAlauda arvensis - Max. 9 recorded 29/9; small numbers recorded in various locations, esp. a harvested field north of the airstrip (up to 5 birds regularly).
61) Barn SwallowHirundo rustica - Up to 10 birds seen daily around Holland/football pitch area; a larger group of c.25 birds moved through on 29/9
62) Tree PipitAnthus trivialis - One in fields between the Post Office and Links called several times and showed well 1/10
63) Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis - Very common around the island, difficult to assess whether numbers fluctuated during the week.
64) Rock PipitAnthus petrosus - Small numbers around the rocky shores and beaches.
65) Pied WagtailMotacilla alba - Small numbers of yarrellii birds around the island; single alba "White" wagtails were recorded near Holland on 27/9 and 1/10
66) WrenTroglodytes troglodytes - Common around the island.
67) European RobinErithacus rubecula - One was regularly seen around Holland throughout the week.
68) Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus - One flitted around the wall of Holland garden as we drove to the airfield on the morning of 2/10.
69) StonechatSaxicola torquata - Up to 3 seen on most days between Bay View and the eastern lagoons.
70) Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe - Numbers seemed to fluctuate during the week with very few on 29/9 but something of an influx 1/10.
71) BlackbirdTurdus merula - The commonest thrush; again numbers seemed to fluctuate; there seemed to be a lot more about on 1/10.
72) FieldfareTurdus pilaris - One flew over the post office 30/9; 2 on 1/10.
73) Song ThrushTurdus philomelos - Not recorded for the first 5 days, then a single at Backaskaill 30/9, then at least 10 were seen around the island on 1/10 including 7 around the Rose Cottage area.
74) RedwingTurdus iliacus - Again numbers rose during the week; only 1-2 had been seen prior to c.15 birds on 1/10.
75) Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca - 2 were seen around Holland/school area 1/10
76) Garden WarblerSylvia borin - 2 in Holland Garden 29/9
77) BlackcapSylvia atricapilla - 1-2 "browncaps" were seen around the school/Holland area 30/9 and 1/10; a male was also seen on 1/10.
78) ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita - 2 were seen on 1/10.
79) Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus - One near the old pier on the evening of 25/9, 2 in Holland Garden 29/9 and one on 1/10.
80) GoldcrestRegulus regulus - One was regularly seen around Holland throughout the week; numbers rose to 2 (!) on 1/10.
81) Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca - One (female/1st -winter) was seen at Holland garden 1/10.
82) Hooded CrowCorvus corvus - Small numbers (2-4) seen at various locations around the island, often near the eastern lagoons.
83) Common RavenCorvus corax - Up to 6 birds were seen around the island, often at North Hill.
84) StarlingSturnus vulgaris - Common around the island; a large flock of c. 500 birds was regular at Backaskaill.
85) House SparrowPasser domesticus - Common around farms and crofts.
86) BramblingFringilla montifringilla - Two near youth hostel/school 30/9.
87) LinnetCarduelis cannabina - Small groups noted at various localities daily.
88) TwiteCarduelis flavirostris - 50 near Rose Cottage 30/9 was the largest group recorded; small numbers seen daily elsewhere around the island.
89) Mealy RedpollCarduelis flammea - One rostrata "Greenland Redpoll" near the old pier 26/9; another was photographed at Backaskaill 1/10 with up to 5 present on that date, but only 2 of these were assigned race.
90) Common RosefinchCarduelis erythrinus - A juvenile/1st winter was seen in scrubby fields between the football pitch and Bay View on the morning of 2/10.
91) Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicus - Small groups of up to 5 were seen daily at various localities but particularly around Mull Head; frustratingly they only gave flight views and were never seen on the ground.
92) Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis - Singles and small groups were seen at various locations; a larger group of up to 50 birds was seen around North Hill RSPB.
93) Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus - Small numbers (1-2) recorded at various locations.
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