Monday, 1 September 2014

It was a fantastic start to September, with low wind speeds and clear skies for some of the day encouraging large movements of migrants both through and over the island. The highlight of overhead passage during the day was a probable Red-throated Pipit, which flew over the boathouse calling in the early hours. Other southward-bound fly-overs included five Kestrels (including a flock of three!), a Buzzard, two Sand Martins, 713 Swallows (with 700 of those flying east over the mountain between 0830 and 0930), one Tree Pipit, one Grey Wagtail and 12 White Wagtails. Warblers and flycatchers in the vegetated areas reached some good figures too, with a total of 52 Willow Warblers and 38 Chiffchaffs representing the dominate force. Also recorded were three Sedge Warblers, seven Whitethroats, eight Blackcaps, 13 Goldcrests, five Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.

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