Friday, 24 August 2012

24th August

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.

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