Saturday, 18 August 2012

18th August

Another fine day with plenty of migrants with a flava wagtail, the first returning Grey Plover and 2 Tree Pipits the most notable of new arrivals. A Wryneck and a Wood Warbler near the observatory and 2 Barred Warblers were presumably hangers on, whilst other counts included 14 Ruff, a flock of 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Common Sandpipers, with a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Greenshanks still on Gretchen Loch. Increased counts of passerines was most likely due to calmer conditions with increased totals of 5 Whinchats, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Garden Warblers, 53 Willow Warblers and 2 each of Grasshopper and Reed Warblers.

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