Wednesday, 8 May 2013

8th May

A hazy day with a brisk easterly wind saw the best arrival of migrants of the spring so far with birds starting to appear from late morning onwards; new for the year were two Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler at the Surgery, a Whitethroat, a 1st summer male Pied Flycatcher trapped at Holland in the evening, three Common Redpolls and a Common Tern off the south end.    Other birds seen through the day included a brilliant trip of 8 Dotterel on Westbanks, a Stock Dove near Holland House in the evening, a Wood Sandpiper, a group of six Pink-footed Geese, three Woodpigeons, a good passage of at least 58 Swallows, a House Martin, a Tree Pipit, 7 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and a record equalling flock of 10 Goldfinches.   Rain set in late evening bringing with it high hopes for tomorrow!

Dotterel - always fantastic!
Reed Warbler (Neil Darroch)

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