Sunday, 16 May 2010

A warm and sunny day was generally uneventful in terms of birds, although one or two nice migrants did arrive in the morning. A Yellow Wagtail was in the company of the herd of cows in the lowlands, a Whinchat was seen and a Merlin flew north at sea. Counts of passage migrants included 35 Sedge Warblers, 17 Whitethroats, two Grasshopper Warblers, seven Spotted Flycatchers and 32 Wheatears. Hirundine passage was steady but slower than the previous day, with 200 Swallows, 20 House Martins and three Sand Martins counted. Two Sanderlings and a Common Sandpiper were on the coast, and three Collared Doves and three Redpolls were seen in the gardens.

Spotted Flycatcher (c) Steven Stansfield
Sedge Warbler (c) Steve Stansfield

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