Friday, 20 April 2012

20th April

Lots more birds made for another fantastic and exhausting day's birding, with several uncommon species appearing. Things got off to a great start with a Hawfinch ringed at Holland House garden early in the morning. A Wryneck at Cruesbreck was followed by another at Sangar, a Stonechat and a Green Sandpiper were at the north of the island, and a Mistle Thrush and a flava Wagtail were also both new species for the year.

Numbers of common migrants increased again, with 109 Robins, 41 Song Thrushes and 32 Chiffchaffs scattered around. At least 11 Ring Ouzels were seen, as well as 10 Dunnocks, 9 Blackcaps, 8 Willow Warblers, 6 Reed Buntings, 3 White Wagtails and 2 Swallows. Migrant finches included 9 Bramblings, 3 Chaffinches and 3 Common Redpolls. The 3 Common Scoters remained, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel arrived and Golden Plovers increased to 428.


White Wagtail

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