Sunday, 23 September 2012

23rd September

Most of the previous day's migrants cleared out overnight, making way for a small number of scarcities. A Little Bunting near Kirbist was the first for a couple of years, but it soon vanished and couldn't be found again in the afternoon. Later in the day, an interesting wagtail was found at Lenswick: it appears to be a Citrine Wagtail, but does have some minor incongruities that raise questions of eastern flava wagtails or even hybrids. A Turtle Dove near the lighthouse was a new species for the year, the Wryneck was still at Holland House and the day's Yellow-browed Warbler count reached 10 birds.

Counts of passerines included 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, the Greenfinch, 1 North-Western Redpoll, 20 Lapland Buntings, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing. The Hen Harrier and an American Golden Plover were still present and a Jack Snipe was seen.

Yellow-browed Warbler

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