Monday, 16 May 2016

12th-16th May

Numbers went down considerably, with a Black Redstart and Common Whitethroat the only birds of note on the 12th. A pair of Little Terns on Nouster on the 13th were new for the year. On the 14th the first Greenshank was sighted at Hooking, other migrants included 2 Tree Pipits, 5 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and a late Redwing. The Corncrake found in Holland on the 11th was heard calling there every day since, and on the 15th it was trapped and ringed, only the 2nd ever for the Observatory. Also on the 15th was a male and female Common Redstart and a Common Sandpiper. 181 Ringed Plover and 238 Sanderling were high counts on the 16th. Also seen that day were Garganey and Collared Dove.

Corncrake (photo Euan Ferguson)

Little Tern (photo George Gay)

Common Sandpiper (photo Carmen Azahara)

 Sanderling (photo Euan Ferguson)

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