Tuesday, 24 July 2012

22nd - 24th July

Seawatching on the 23rd produced the first 2 Sooty Shearwaters of the year, along with 6 Manx Shearwaters. As waders continued to pass through, a Black-tailed Godwit on the 23rd was followed by a flock of 11 the next day, a mass arrival of Sanderlings numbered more than 400 birds, and an invasion 215 Dunlins took place during the day on the 24th. After a lengthy period of inactivity, there were finally some landbirds to talk about on the 24th: a Crossbill flew south in the afternoon, a Swift and a Collared Dove were both new and, unbelievably, stunningly, the Western Bonelli's Warbler reappeared Lazarus-like in the Holland House gardens after more than three weeks of presumed absence!

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