Thursday, 4 August 2011

A few new birds arrived in the calm and cloudy conditions today. Most notably, the first Garden Warbler of the year was found in the lighthouse compound, and two Spotted Flycatchers were at Nant. Four Grasshopper Warblers were scattered around, whilst other warblers seen included: 17 Sedge Warblers, five Whitethroats, one Blackcap, one Chiffchaff and 34 Willow Warblers. 29 Common Scoters were the most notable birds seen at sea in the morning, although 1200 Manx Shearwaters (including 10 attracted to the lighthouse during the night), 80 Gannets, 14 Black-headed Gulls and a Sandwich Tern also passed by. A flock of 38 Whimbrels flew over the south end, whilst a couple of Dunlins, eight Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers and seven Turnstones were around the narrows. A single Swift flew around the lighthouse in the morning, whilst four Sand Martins and 13 House Martins and 23 Swallows passed through.

 Willow Warbler
Drinker-five were caught, along with a Northern Eggar, five Rosy Rustics and three Small Wainscots among the more interesting species.

1 comment:

  1. Funny 'cos we thought we'd seen Garden Warbler this year