Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A few migrants!

06.35-08.05 from the fishing boats with AJG who kindly collated the numbers: 
Brent Goose: 327 down
Shelduck: 1 up
Wigeon: 52 down, 46 in
Pintail: 16 down
Common Scoter: 3 down, 7 up
Gannet: 14 around
Ringed Plover: 2 up
Dunlin: 1 up
Arctic Skua: usual 6 around
Meadow Pipit: c150 out
Alba Wagtail: 11 out
Yellow Wagtail: 2 out
Swallow: 49 out
Reed Bunting: 3 over  heard only
Wheatear 1 of  a minimum 27 around The Desert area
I spent most of the rest of the day wandering around The Desert where for a change every bush seemed to have birds in. My totals as follows, 5 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests, 5 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Common Redstarts, 3 Black Redstarts, 12 Stonechats, 27 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 21 Skylarks, 17+ Reed Buntings  c150 Meadow Pipits, 200+ Hirundines, 127 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 35 Alba Wagtails, 3 Common Buzzards, 5 Kestrels and a Hobby.
Chiffchaff 1 of at least 127 around The Desert area

Reed Bunting in The Desert
1 of at least 5 Spotted Flycatchers around The Desert area
A very pale Common Buzzard over The Desert area
2 Curlew Sandpipers from Hanson
Late afternoon at the ARC from Hanson 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 3 Little Stints, 38 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Dunlin, 50+ Golden Plover, 2 Black Terns, a Red-necked Grebe, an adult male Merlin and the usual wildfowl. 

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