Saturday, 27 July 2019

Today was only half a days birding due to the guests change over. but the weather was warm and fairly calm allowing for some good counts in the evening. The arrival of some 'birdy' guests means there will be more coverage over the coming week.

The main change today was the number of juvenile Willow Warblers on the ground, a count at the plantation saw an increase to 12 individuals but the real surprise was a walk around the gorse at the south end produced 17 birds! The days total was 31, our first autumn 'fall' and it has provided some motivation for the start of autumn migration. 

Passerine numbers were slowly increasing else where too, Linnet flocks were forming up the coast and on the narrows with a good count of 92 today, Meadow Pipits and Rock Pipits numbered 28 and 23 respectively and seven Wheatears were counted including a few smart looking birds in places we don't normally see them, migrants perhaps?

Wader numbers are still fairly constant with 17 Turnstones, five Common Sandpipers, 11 Redshanks, 20 Curlew, 14 Whimbrel, a single Snipe up the west coast and two Purple Sandpipers in the small wader flock.

Turnstones on the rocks

Willow Warbler in the evening sun

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