Friday, 17 May 2013

17th May

In an increasingly cool northerly wind there was still a fair bit to see with a few new arrivals and roughly a third of yesterdays migrants remaining. Definite new birds included a Mistle Thrush, a new Cuckoo and a couple of Swifts. Yesterday's most numerous migrants; Tree Pipit and Willow Warblers returned counts of 16 and 18 respectively with the other Warbler species, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers present  in just low single figures, while not a single Redstart could be found (11 yesterday!). The 2 Grey-headed Wagtails were still near Gretchen with the Curlew Sandpiper also still on the loch there and other lingering birds included the Whooper Swan, male Sparrowhawk and Turtle Dove.

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