Saturday, 22 September 2012
In perfectly calm conditions, a fair number and variety of small migrants meant that September had arrived at last. Scarcities were conspicuously few, but the highlights were a Wryneck and 5 Yellow-browed Warblers. Counts of common migrants came to 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Garden Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Reed Warbler, 23 Willow Warblers, 6 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchats, 116 Wheatears, 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Redwing, 1 Sand Martin and 1 Greenfinch. Other sightings included 4 Whooper Swans, 6 Grey Herons, a Hen Harrier and 2 blue phase Fulmars. The Goosander and the moulting adult American Golden Plover were both still present.