Finches on the move

Today I headed south. Though the sun struggled to shine all day migrants were much in evidence. In fact quite a good day for visible finch migration.
Chaffinches, Bramblings and Greenfinches were on the move in their hundreds. Siskins too were out in force (40 in Tarbet alone) while even Goldfinches got in on the act (7 + 5 Tarbet, 2 Luskentyre, 3 Horgabost, 5 Scarista, 2 Northton)
Best finch though was the Hawfinch still in Tarbet in nearly the same tree as a couple of weeks ago (or a new bird?). Single Blackcap and 24 Waxwings were also in the town, mainly by the hotel, as was a Fieldfare. Best bird though was a nice example of a ‘tristis’ Siberian Chiffchaff. A further three ‘collybita’ Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap were at Horgabost.
The Sound of Taransay was reasonably calm so I took the opportunity to make a count. Great Northern Diver 36, 18 Slavonian Grebe, 71 Common Scoter were the highlights. No sign of the annual Surf Scoter though.
A quick look on the east side found both eagles and a couple of Whooper Swans at Geocrab. A flock of 20 Chaffinches over heading south proved the point, if it was in doubt, that vis mig was happening.
Add to that buying some Harris Black Pudding to trial (can it beat Charlie Barleys? – it looks rather pale) it was a fine day out.

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