Friday, 15 May 2015
The day started off quite calm and with a promising feel to the air, and indeed there was a good scattering of avian life to be seen. Unfortunately though, the potential bird of the day- a probable Red-breasted Flycatcher in the depths of the New Plantation- gave such a brief appearance without further sign that it will have to remain as just another 'possible' for now. Three White Wagtails, one Flava Wagtail, a Common Redstart, 11 Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Garden Warblers, seven Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, eight Spotted Flycatchers, and two Siskins were the day's passerine migrant tallies, although this does not include a rather impressive southward movement of 75 Sand Martins, 1300 Swallows and 35 House Martins.
There are a few summer-plumaged Turnstones around at the moment
At least one Hooded Crow continues to linger around the trackside, with another two appearing on some days