Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Migration watch; 06.20 - 11.20hrs and 17.10 - 19.00hrs.
Another good day with a trickle of migrants arriving all day. Highlights were the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year on Castle Hill during the afternoon and a new day record of 3 Red-breasted Flycatcher, with new birds in Crook Ness and behind the Marine Drive wall as well as the other bird at Long Nab for its 3rd day.
Other migrants seen between Long Nab and the Spa Gardens were 5 Kestrel (Castle), 14 Wheatear, 31 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whinchat (Castle), 45 Robin, 7 Redstart (Long Nab, 5 Castle, Spa Gardens), 9 Song Thrush, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 95 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 9 Siskin.
Again the visibility was poor restricting any serious watches. On the move (south unless stated) were 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar + 8 north, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Teal north, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Common Gull north, 67 Meadow Pipit, 4 Alba, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet and 8 Siskin.
Elsewhere 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and a Sanderling were in North Bay and 10 Dunlin were in Jackson's Bay.


Siskin, Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw




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