Thursday, 31 August 2017

31st August 2017

On our arrival this morning, after overnight rain, we had our best 'fall' of migrants this autumn. Warblers were mainly in the Paddock, at Hope Point and in the Freedown and numbered five Reed Warblers, 29 Lesser Whitethroats, 18 Whitethroats, 46 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, nine Chiffchaffs and 23 Willow Warblers. There were also singles of Spotted and Pied Flycatcher, four Wheatears, two Whinchats, four Common Redstarts, three Goldcrests and a Short-Eared Owl.
Flyovers included eight Golden Plovers, singles of Dotterel and Dunlin, four Little Egrets in off the sea, a Honey Buzzard moving North and singles of Grey and Yellow Wagtail.
Over the big field there were up to 50 Swallows feeding and, in the field, a flock of 350 Herring Gulls.
Pied Flycatcher (Brendan Ryan)

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