An Icterine Warbler was found at about 10am on the coast between the Lurn and Lurand, more surprisingly in the process of finding the Icky a juvenile Red-Backed Shrike was caught in T5 and this very much set the tone for what was set to be a migrant filled day!
With a clear arrival of birds everybody went out having seen the Shrike. The most numerous of the newly arrived migrants came in the shape of Willow Warblers, a very respectable day count of 35 individuals kept proceedings going with a supporting cast of 27 Pied Flycatchers dotted around in various crofts.
A Barred Warbler was found in the thistles near Cauldhaim and this was closely followed by a second Icterine Warbler of the day at Gravity.
Other passerine numbers were as follows, 68 Wheatear, a clear increase of birds involving migrants, 5 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Garden Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers at Rue and Bridesness, 2 Tree Pipits, a Black Redstart at the school and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
As for migrant non-passerines a female Kestrel was at Rue and a juvenile Peregrine was chasing waders around the coast up the top end.
A fantastic day of birding that will hopefully only get better tomorrow.
|Garden Warbler - George Gay|
|Pied Flycatcher - George Gay|
|Whinchat (with Meadow Pipit) - George Gay|
|Willow Warbler - George Gay|