Sunday, 31 May 2020

28th-30th May

It's seldom we find ourselves utterly bewildered with a lack of migrants but here we are. Good birds to our North and to our West but very little to shout about here, we'll just have to hope theres something decent in the mix for us over the next few days.
The airflow moved out of its usual Southerly base and pushed into the East giving us hope of a Spring rarity that hasn't yet arrived or is very good at keeping out of our way! 
The 28th was fairly quiet with the only real highlights being the first Little Stint of 2020 on Bewan and another re-appearance of the dog Otter; this time off of Torness, it was joined briefly by an odd looking Pied Wagtail, that just seems to be a Pied with a funny looking head. Away from bigger fauna a Green-veined White was the first for 2020 also.
The 29th was equally quiet, with a change in government regulations we were finally able to open the mist nets in Holland House and were rewarded with a Spotted Flycatcher. Two Chiffchaffs at Holland and Bewan were the only warblers to speak of apart from the Sedge Warblers who are firmly on territory. 
The latter stages of the afternoon bought about the arrival of 5 Common Redpoll at the obs and Ancum Willows.
The 30th was slightly busier but still didn't really produce the goods. Another Spotted Flycatcher was at Ancum Willows, 2 Dunnocks at the obs and at Holland. The Chiffchaff numbers on the island had doubled overnight to 4, a Siskin was around the obs trapping area and a Fieldfare was near Lurand. The days highlights fell to a Grey Wagtail over Holland, 3 Little Terns that have seemingly appeared out of nowhere, the singing Corncrake was heard near the Mill again and bird of the period was a male Yellowhammer seen around the obs trapping area in the evening. Overall I suppose it's not bad, but it's not what we had in mind when we saw the forecast, maybe we're just having to wait it out for a scarcity or maybe we're just being impatient! 

Otter                                                        GG

Little Stint, a bit distant!                            GG 
 

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