Saturday, 6 September 2014

5th September

The autumn continues to build in pace and today there was plenty of variety on offer although once again it visible migration which was the most evident with Pipits and Wagtails moving through especially in the afternoon. 532 Meadow Pipits were counted and there were 28 White, 37 Pied and 60 unidentified 'alba' Wagtails and 78 Wheatears-again most, if not all were Greenland types. The Paddyfield Warbler remains in its chosen thistle field at Stennabrek and showed much better in the sunshine today. There were 3 Common Rosefinches at Holland House while Barred Warblers at Nether Linnay and near Bridesness were probably both new, as was a Lapland Bunting and roughly half of the 17 Willow Warblers logged. The Spotted Redshank remains, there were now 4 Little Stints and 39 Black-tailed Godwits included 18 which passed south straight over the island. Raptors were similar to yesterday with 2 Hen Harriers, 3 Kestrels, female Merlin and a Peregrine. There were also increased counts of some wildfowl with 97 Wigeon and 118 Teal the most notable.

  Paddyfield Warbler

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