Wednesday, 24 August 2011

24th August

Wind and unforecast prolonged rain from the east finally brought us the biggest and most diverse passerine arrival of the autumn so far, with just about everything but a rarity. The expected scarce migrants were present in good numbers: the day's totals came to 5 Barred Warblers, 3 Common Rosefinches and at least 8 Wrynecks, 2 of which gave excellent views from the bar-room window. A good list of warblers included 37 Willow Warblers, 1 Wood Warbler, 5 Garden Warblers, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 1 Reed Warbler; other small migrants included 8 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Common Redstart, 4 Whinchats, a Tree Pipit and 64 Wheatears.

A Cuckoo was the pick of the non-passerines, while a Collared Dove, a Merlin and a Peregrine were also seen. A small arrival of wildfowl brought a couple of Pintails and brought the Wigeon total up to 46.

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