Saturday, 9 August 2014

7th to 8th August

After a blast of easterly winds and some overnight rain a few migrant passerines were expected on the 7th, and exactly 4 Warblers were recorded! A couple of Garden Warblers were in Holland Gardens and the first Willow Warbler of the autumn shared a dyke at Nether Linnay with the first Icterine Warbler of the year-after a rare, blank spring for the species. After lunch a Honey Buzzard was picked up over Ancum Loch, and presumably having landed somewhere on the west coast was seen heading south over the observatory almost an hour later. The Pacific Golden Plover was seen on both days, with other wader highlights being a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers on 7th with a single of the latter and 6 Ruffs on 8th when a Kestrel was also seen.

Icterine Warbler

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