Thursday, 13 August 2009

Three Common Snipe – the first for quite some time – were among the first birds seen as they flew around over the Narrows and withies early in the morning and, slightly later, a Green Sandpiper flew high over the Narrows. Passerines may have been largely residue from the previous day, but a nice variety was seen including a Common Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit, 14 Northern Wheatears, a Common Grasshopper Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, a Common Chiffchaff and 11 Willow Warblers. A bit of hirundine passage was noted, comprising 150 Barn Swallows, 17 House Martins and a Sand Martin. The Common Cuckoo remained in the withies, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew past the west coast and single Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Grey Heron and Common Swift were seen. Waders included a Sanderling, eight Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and 67 Eurasian Curlews.

Tree Pipit
(c) Steven Stansfield

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