Thursday, 28 April 2011

28th April

With seemingly very few new birds around, a rather dull morning's birding was suddenly enlivened by the appearance of a fantastic immature female Goshawk. Originally found sitting in the trees at Holland, it spent a while being escorted about the island by the local crows and ravens before heading south out to sea. There has been only one other record of this species here in the last ten years.

Other migrants were, as mentioned, few and far between, but the day's counts included 15 Lapland Buntings, 2 Common Redpolls, the same Brambling, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 98 Wheatears, 1 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, the same Robin, 3 White Wagtails, 1 Sand Martin, 11 Swallows and 5 Carrion Crows. Five Woodpigeons, 3 Collared Doves, 1 Knot, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and 5 Whimbrels were also still present.

Goshawk

The two Common Redpolls were ringed at Holland in the morning.

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