Thursday, 23 August 2012
A small number of new birds were noted during the morning and a few scarcities were hanging on from past days, but there was an obvious clear-out of some of the common species and a definite net decrease in migrant numbers. The Ortolan Bunting showed itself once again at Holland House, where 3 Barred Warblers and a new Reed Warbler were lurking amid the fuchsia. Another new Barred Warbler was found in the afternoon, 2 Wood Warblers were fresh migrants and a Merlin, a Goldcrest and a Siskin were all species making their first appearances of the autumn. A Red-backed Shrike at the north of the island was assumed to be the bird seen in the same spot six days earlier, and counts of remaining common migrants included 4 Whinchats, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Garden Warblers and 18 Willow Warblers.