Sunday, 21 August 2016

20th August

As predicted the weather bought us birds! Lets start with waders, things kicked off with 3 Common Sandpipers in various locations around the island, these were followed by 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Greenshank and 5 Little Stint, all a good sign of migration and things to come!
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

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