Friday, 10 May 2013

10th May

With the wind still in the east and some light rain in the early morning, hopes were high for some more new birds through the day but it proved to be slightly quieter than expected with the days highlight being three Red-backed Shrikes - a female at the Obs, a male at Westness and another female at Longar and the first Whinchat of the year in the north.   There was a scattering of other migrants across the island but it was unclear whether they were new birds of 'leftovers' from yesterday; totals included a Peregrine, 4 Woodpigeons, 30 Swallows, two House Martins, a Tree Pipit, two Redstarts, a Ring Ouzel, two Song Thrushes, two Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 8 Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher and a high count of 9 Reed Buntings.  
   Definite 'leftovers' included the Green Sandpiper at Sangar, the Grasshopper Warbler at the Obs and at least five Goldfinches remaining around Holland House.

Red-backed Shrike 

Spotted Flycatcher

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