Saturday, 7 May 2011

7th May

A couple of Long-eared Owls spent the day in the gardens at Holland, and a Turtle Dove was also seen there briefly in the morning. The day's other highlight was a male Marsh Harrier flying south over the island.

Numbers of common passerine migrants were similar to the previous few days: 5 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, a littoralis Rock Pipit, a Dunnock, 2 Robins, 1 White Wagtail, 66 Wheatears, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and a Common Redpoll were counted.

The flock of Knots increased to at least 61 birds, 5 Collared Doves and a Woodpigeon were present, and a Sparrowhawk and a Merlin were the only common raptors.

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