Saturday, 14 September 2019

Today was the change-over day, the weather was calm so the guests were off and a new set arrived.

Birding was limited to the morning and the evening but still a few bits were seen including a good amount of visual migration from the south end in the morning. Some good totals were counted including some variation. Meadow Pipits were clearly on the move with 272 counted throughout the day but mostly in the morning, there were 13 Grey Wagtails, 61 White Wagtails, 21 House Martins, 45 Swallows, four Sand Martins, and a years high count of ten Skylarks.
Other good counts and oddities seen heading south included 34 Black-headed Gulls, a single Common Sandpiper very high, two Dunlins, three Snipe, two Golden Plover, and eight Shelduck, not a bird that usually turns up at this time of year.

Elsewhere on the island the Isabelline Wheatear was still around the Narrows with ten Northern Wheatears around too, 178 Linnets were counted mostly in large flocks, nine Robins were in various gardens, waders around the narrows included 27 Turnstones, 16 Redshanks, 64 Curlews, two Whimbrels, a single juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, and six Ringed Plovers.

Raptors also put in a bit of a show with two Peregrines, and singles of both Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

Meadow Pipit heading south

White Wagtail heading south

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