Friday, 24 August 2012
Perfectly calm weather is unlikely to bring big falls, but small numbers of migrants might always stop off on the island in such conditions. On this occasion a very sparse smattering of new passerines consisted of a couple of Pied Flycatchers, a Whinchat, a Goldcrest, 3 Garden Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler, and a total of 10 Willow Warblers were seen. Scarcities hanging on from earlier days were the Common Buzzard, a Wryneck, 2 Barred Warblers and the Ortolan Bunting, and the year-list gained its 190th species courtesy of an adult Pomarine Skua. Other sightings included a noticeable increase in Redshanks, reaching 108 individuals, a Hen Harrier and a Merlin.