Wednesday, 23 April 2014

22nd - 23rd April

The first easterly winds for some time on the 22nd saw the start of an exciting looking forecast. Within the first hour or so Wryneck, Pied Flycatcher and Redstart were added to the year list, followed soon after by Tree Pipit. Migrants were well scattered but the majority were in Holland or along the sheltered west dykes, these included 11 Robins, 4 Ring Ouzels, 3 Woodpigeons a Brambling and a White Wagtail. 10 Black-tailed Godwits and the pale-bellied Brent Goose were near Hooking where 356 Black-headed Gulls were counted on the Loch (The island's main colony) and rather puzzling was a Glossy Ibis too!?
Despite an evening of fog the morning ringing session on 23rd proved a clear-out and a fresh arrival overnight and throughout the day 2 new Ruff, 7 Swallows, a Dunnock, 37 Robins, 71 Wheatears, 3 Redstarts, 7 Ring Ouzels, 6 Song Thrushes, 10 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Lapland Buntings, a Common Redpoll and late on, a flock of 40 Fieldfare flew south in the fog.
Glossy Ibis

Pied Flycatcher

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