Tuesday, 23 August 2016

21st-22nd August

The 21st was a good follow up to a fantastic previous day, an early morning session in Holland produced 8 Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Garden Warblers and a very nice Barred Warbler. Not a bad start, an Icterine Warbler was also present in Holland.
A total of 13 Little Stints were counted at various locations, a single Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and a single Wood Sandpiper on Gretchen.
Other passerines about consisted of 2 Redstart, a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Willow Warbler, 6 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Spot Flycatchers.
The birds of the day were a Wryneck that turned up at Charlie's Quoy in the middle of the afternoon and the big bird was a Greenish Warbler found around 17:30 at Bewan house, the bird showed well for all concerned.
The 22nd was much of the same, not that we have any complaints about that! A Barred Warbler was seen dissappearing into the thick fog in the early morning. Singles of Reed Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, a further 22 Willow Warbler, 6 Pied Flycatchers and yet another Wryneck was present, this time at Brides Loch.
A Great-northern Diver was seen flying over the obs a mid-day heading out South towards neighboring Sanday, 6 Little Stints were together at Westness, 3 Common Sandpipers, the same Wood Sandpiper was present again and a solitary Greenshank.
A late Red-backed Shrike showed up just before dinner around T4 which was our 2nd for the autumn.
Greenish Warbler - George Gay

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