Wednesday, 28 May 2014

26th - 27th May

The 26th was quiet with another first-summer Little Gull the highlight. A Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed at Holland and a Lesser Whitethroat at the Observatory. Singles of Woodpigeon and Blackcap, 8 House Martin, 32 Wheatear, 14 Black-tailed Godwits. In contrast to yesterday, the 27th produced seemingly nothing but scarce migrants, the first of which being a Wood Warbler at Sennes followed by a male Red-backed Shrike at the lighthouse, and later on  2 additional females. A male Nightjar was trapped and ringed at Holland and a Quail was singing at Ancum. In the evening a Marsh Warbler was discovered in an Iris ditch near Holm, and as it was seen to be wearing a ring-attempts were made to catch it, but these frustratingly failed! Also there was a Pied Flycatcher at Ancum House whilst 5 Spotted Flycatchers were seen and a Pochard was on Hooking Loch.
Female Red-backed Shrike

Male Red-Backed Shrike

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