Thursday, 26 August 2010

A varied day’s birding saw a reasonable list of species accumulated; in particular, a sudden arrival of raptors produced a little excitement. A Merlin was on the Narrows early in the morning, and a short time later a juvenile Hen Harrier flew south overhead. Three Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk were hunting around the mountainside, and in the evening the bird of the day drifted south over the crown of the hill – the first Osprey of the year. Seawatchers were rewarded in the morning with six Balearic Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, seven Common Scoters, and two apiece of Arctic and Great Skua. Migrant landbirds included a couple of Grey Herons, a Cuckoo, a Collared Dove, ten Tree Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Wheatears, two Sedge Warblers, 25 Willow Warblers, two Goldcrests, a dozen Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher. A reasonable day of hirundine passage saw 400 Swallows, four House Martins and three Sand Martins heading south.

Spotted Flycatchers (c) Steve Stansfield

Tree Pipits (c) Steve Stansfield. (note the very fine streaking on the flanks, bright pink legs and the short curved hind claw)
Meadow Pipit for comparison (c) Steve Stansfield. (note the stronger flank streaks, orangey legs and longer hind claw)
Many young Swallows were taking time out before continuing their migration to South Africa (c) Steve Stansfield

Willow Warbler (c) Ben Porter
A Sanderling (top) was present amongst the usual Turnstones (bottom) (c) Ben Porter

1 comment:

  1. Nice to hear a good number of Spotted Flycatchers, I guess we were unlucky we didn't see any in our week. Did the Osprey get any points?? What are the overall scores so far?


    Alex Johnson