Friday, 28 October 2011

28th October

Numbers of most migrants continued to fall slightly, and fewer new birds seemed to have arrived than in previous days. The Dusky Warbler remained in its favoured strip of wilted irises near Burray, showing quite well at times. The ever-present Short-toed Lark also remained, along with a Goldfinch, a Whinchat, 5 Black Redstarts, 2 Wheatears and 2 Woodpigeons. Counts of other migrants came to 2 Yellowhammers, 16 Robins, 4 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests. Thrush numbers had dropped to 448 Fieldfares, 145 Blackbirds, 100 Redwings and 18 Song Thrushes.

Although quite confiding, the Dusky Warbler was often difficult to see as it scurried around Locustella-like at the bottom of the irises near 'P.G.Tips Field', a patch of dense canary grass which is just to the west of 'Great Snipe Land'.

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