Friday, 10 September 2010

6th - 13th September

An excellent period with strong South Easterly winds and rain giving a good spread of common migrants in good numbers with peak counts of passerines including 12 Tree Pipit, 2 Robin, 37 Redstart, Whinchat 11, Wheatear 110, Fieldfare 7, 5 Song Thrush, a Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 17 Garden Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 48 Willow Warbler, 32 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 30 Siskin and again a new Lapland Bunting record with 135 on 12th.
Waders also featured well with the American Golden Plover still present on 12th and counts of up to 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Ruff, a record 107 Black-tailed Godwit on 10th, 179 Snipe, 157 Sanderling, 67 Dunlin, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Whimbrel and Jack Snipe.
Scarcities included, Quail and Corncrake on 12th, Pectoral Sandpiper, up to 6 flava Wagtails (presumably grey-headed), Icterine Warbler on 12th, and an absolute minimum of 5 Wrynecks, 2 Common Rosefinches, and 3 Barred Warblers during the week.
The quality birds however were on the 10th, with a Bonnelli's Warbler found at Cott Banks (trapped and confirmed as Western on the 11th) and a Citrine Wagtail .

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