Monday, 26 August 2013

26th August

A very successful ringing session at Holland House first thing saw the Greenish Warbler and yesterday's Nightjar both trapped; the morning also produced some more quality birds with a Red-backed Shrike found up at Dennishill and best of all a very mobile Citrine Wagtail initially seen up near the lighthouse but subsequently undertaking a tour of all the suitable spots being seen at Garso, Ancum and then Hooking.   There was a scattering of common migrants across the island including a Common Rosefinch, a Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Whinchats, 6 Garden Warblers and single Tree Pipit, Redstart, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat while two Swifts passed overhead.
   There was also a notable influx of ducks and waders with two Pintail, three Tufted Ducks and three Shoveler in amongst 120+ Teal, 95+ Wigeon and 80+ Mallard while notable wader counts included 220 Sanderling, 1,350 Golden Plover, 170 Redshank, three Green Sandpipers and a Curlew Sandpiper.   A look at the sea from the north end also produced a few birds, most notably 7 Red-throated Divers, 17 Sooty Shearwaters and 9 Manx Shearwaters.

Greenish Warbler and Nightjar - a fabulous mist netting session!

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