Friday, 15 May 2009

Intermittent drizzle, intractably refusing to retreat completely, made for another day of mist-netting frustration; although fairly few birds were present long enough to be caught anyway – those migrants that had arrived in the morning seemed mostly to have moved on by the afternoon. A Whinchat was on the South End early-on, while other nice birds included a Wood Warbler in the plantation, a couple of Yellow Wagtails on the Narrows and two Common Grasshopper Warblers. 30 Spotted Flycatchers, 31 Sedge Warblers, 13 Common Whitethroats, eight Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers, 15 Common Chiffchaffs and eight Willow Warblers were also logged during a damp morning census. Wader numbers were slightly reduced, although still respectable, with 14 Dunlins, nine Whimbrels, nine Ruddy Turnstones, three Sanderlings and a Common Sandpiper counted. A Great Northern Diver flying past the west coast was undoubtedly the most surprising sighting of the day.

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