Friday, 6 May 2011

Another productive day saw a good scattering of migrants all over the island, the best of which was a Golden Oriole that was found in Cristin garden in the morning. After skulking around in Cristin garden for a while, the bird then flew down to Cristin Withie, before heading to Pencristin, and eventually turning up in a mist net at Cristin. Common migrants were at a good high, with counts coming to: four Cuckoos, 113 Swallows, three Sand Martins, seven House Martins, two Yellow Wagtails (one being  a smart 'blue headed wagtail'), fifty six Wheatears, a Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, two Grasshopper Warblers, fifty nine Sedge Warblers, one Lesser Whitethroat, twenty two Whitethroats, three Garden Warblers, four Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, thirty eight Willow Warblers and sixteen Spotted Flycatchers. A Buzzard and two Kestrels were seen over pencristin in the afternoon. 
Swallows including one (right bird) that looks superficially like H.r.transitivia from the Middle East 
Golden Oriole

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