Sunday, 5 September 2010

Windy conditions with occasional light showers produced a day that was even better than the preceding one, with waves of migrant passerines arriving on the island all day and over 80 bird species recorded in total. The rarity highlights were an Icterine Warbler in the plantation and another new Melodious Warbler at Cristin which fed alongside one of the ringed birds from the previous few days. Good numbers of commoner warblers were logged including 300 Willow Warblers, 92 Chiffchaffs, 16 Grasshopper Warblers, 13 Whitethroats, nine Sedge Warblers, seven Goldcrests, four Blackcaps, two Reed Warblers and the first Lesser Whitethroat of the autumn. Among an excellent selection of other migrant passerines were 38 Spotted Flycatchers, four Pied Flycatchers, ten Yellow Wagtails, 30 White Wagtails, a couple of Grey Wagtails, 130 Meadow Pipits, three Tree Pipits, a Redstart, a Whinchat and eight Lapland Buntings, as well as a passage of 300 Swallows and 25 House Martins. The Barn Owl roosted in the observatory garden during the day, while migrant raptors included three Sparrowhawks, two Kestrels, two Buzzards and a Merlin. There was little in the way of normal seabird movement offshore, but 11 Grey Herons, 12 Wigeons, a Teal and an Arctic Skua went by. It was also a good day for regular wader species: counts came to eight Sanderlings, 12 Purple Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, four Snipe, three Ringed Plovers, seven Whimbrels, 60 Curlews and an impressive 141 Turnstones.
One of the Melodious Warblers present in the back Garden this morning (c) Steve Stansfield
Pied Fycatcher (top) and Spotted Flycatcher (bottom). (c) Ben Porter

Some of the Spotted Flycatchers are still sporting juvenile 'spots'. (c) Steve Stansfield

A typical autumnal Willow Warbler. (c) Steve Stansfield

A handful of the Willow warblers today were of the cold grey northern form P.t.acredula like this one. (c) Steve Stansfield
Willow Warbler (c) Ben Porter

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