Wednesday, 28 August 2013

28th August

A very pleasant day with light westerly winds saw some interesting visible migration with counts including 420 Meadow Pipits and 136 alba Wagtails many of which passed south along the east coast of the island in the morning; also notable was an arrival of at least 150 Wheatears which also rapidly moved through.   There were few new grounded passerines although the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn was at Kirbest along with a Common Rosefinch while there was still small numbers of Garden Warblers, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.   Other notable counts included 175 Teal, 1,320 Golden Plover and 20 Black-tailed Godwits while a juvenile Hen Harrier floated around.   24 Sooty and 18 Manx Shearwaters passed the north end.

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