Wednesday, 25 May 2016

24th-25th May

The winds didn’t look promising for migration, but there was a nice surprise on the afternoon of the 24th with a Red-breasted Flycatcher trapped and ringed at the Obs,  Apart from that though there was hardly anything else about, with 3 Collared Doves, a Chiffchaff and a late Fieldfare the only migrants of note. There was more to see on the 25th, with a Cuckoo found calling at Barrenha in the morning, and at Holland later in the day. A Grey Wagtail was seen on the beach at Nouster whilst a Black-throated Diver was in the bay. There were plenty of waders and seabirds about, with counts of 228 Sanderling, 69 Dunlin, 28 Knot, 350 Turnstone, 112 Gannet, 155 Great Black-backed Gull, 75 Kittiwake, and 400 Arctic Tern. A Barnacle Goose was at Garso, a Common Tern was seen from Laird's park, and 7 Tree Sparrows were in the fields by Holland. 3 Willow Warblers and 3 Chiffchaff were also present. The Corncrake was still at Holland on both dates.  

Red-breasted Flycatcher (photo Euan Ferguson)

 Red-breasted Flycatcher (photo Euan Ferguson)

 Cuckoo (photo George Gay)

Sanderlings (photo George Gay)

1 comment:

paul said...

Interesting flycatcher, from the photos it seems to have very black uppertail coverts and an all dark beak.