Sunday, 25 July 2010

Mist during the night had lifted by morning to reveal another good fall of warblers on the island. The Willow Warbler count came to 125, with birds seen all over the island. A good number were on the South End, and a group feeding in the lighthouse garden was found to contain a Melodious Warbler that showed well amongst the small row of bushes. The first Garden Warbler of the autumn was also at the lighthouse while numbers of other warblers on the island came to seven Grasshopper Warblers, 23 Sedge Warblers and five Blackcaps. A Greenshank was the pick of the waders, although the Black-tailed Godwit remained and six Whimbrel, seven Turnstones, six Dunlins and four Common Sandpipers were also seen. A Great Northern Diver flew north off the west coast, a Sandwich Tern and 15 Common Scoters were also at sea and a little hirundine passage involved 37 Sand Martins and a few Swallows.

This Melodious warbler in the lighthouse garden was the highlight of another good day. (c) Ben Porter

Willow Warblers (top two), Sedge Warbler (middle) and Garden Warbler (bottom). Pictures (c) Ben Porter

Turnstones have been among a good selection of waders in recent days. (c) Ben Porter

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