Monday, 26 October 2015

Dusky Warbler!

06.30-08.00 from The Point with AJG who collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 47W
Shoveller: 4W
Red-breasted Merganser: 1W
Common Scoter: 11W
Red-throated Diver: 1E  3W
Sooty Shearwater: 3W
Gannet: 56E
Mediterranean Gull: 2W
Kittiwake: 1W
Sandwich Tern: 4E
Guillemot: 3W
Auk sp: 3E   4W
Pied Wagatil: 9E
Skylark: 1 in
Starling: 55 in
Goldcrest: 1 in
Goldfinch: 194 E
Redpoll: 10 over
Next stop was the observatory where DW was busy ringing some of the 100+ of newly arrived Goldcrests which seemed to be everywhere. There was also an arrival of Black Redstarts with a minimum of 40 around.
A walk out into The Desert was relatively quiet apart from Goldcrests and Black Redstarts, also few Skylarks, Siskins, Bramblings and Redpolls which flew over. As I reached the northern end of The Desert news came through of a Duky/Radde's Warbler in front the power station seen by Paul Trodd.
With no sign of the bird when I arrived, those looking started to check other areas. I was by the lighthouse garden, where more Goldcrests, a Firecrest and Chiffchaffs were seen, when MH who was with SG called from c50yds away pointing to a small patch of Broom. We quickly made our way there, shortly after the bird called then flew to another patch of cover, a pattern it repeated several times before disappearing into a private area. It certainly wasn't a poser. Also seen 2 Wheatears and 3 Stonechats by the Britannia also a Ring Ouzel in The Moat.
A short video of yesterdays 1w Caspian Gull can be seen HERE
 A skulking Dusky Warbler (217)
Another walk around The Desert this afternoon with SG was very pleasant and rewarded with a Dartford Warbler (218) and another 16 Black Redstarts, though we failed to see the Great Grey Shrike that flew in front of AJG, who also had a flock of 14 Continental Coal Tits in his garden today.
Dartford Warbler

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