Friday 15 May 2009

Migrants this way

Another stunning day with a twist ? It was warm and sunny and there where birds, lots of them.
A check of the patch this morning produced the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year and 2 Chiffchaffs were also noted.

A pre-organised trip with Mr Preston over to Out Skerries today was shelved with Unst seeming more favourable. We decided to start at the north end of Unst and slowly work our way south. Skaw produced only a Chiffchaff whilst Lamba Ness had a House Martin, a lot better at Norwick with Iceland Gull, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. A Redstart was at Northdale and a Garganey was at Haroldswick, a Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a Waxwing were at Baltasound. Overall not a bad tally and a good mix of birds.

Whilst off isle i was kept informed of arrivals on isle and once back was able to catch up with a few of them. A Rustic Bunting was found on patch but was all to brief in showing and had departed upon my arrival, next stop Skaw and no such problems here with a male Bluethroat, Icterine Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher all showing well in the plantation. If the weather forecast is correct we can expect some rain tomorrow and with it hopefully more new birds.

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