Friday, 14 September 2018

Saturday 1st September 2018

The highlight of the day was the discovery late afternoon/early evening of an Ortolan Bunting at Crook Ness, only the 5th record for our area of this scarce species and the first since one at the same location on 10th May 2016. Unfortunately the bird was only seen briefly by one observer at 17.40 before it flew and appeared to land below the cliffs about 100 meters to the north, it was believed to have arrived recently as it was calling frequently. Despite a thorough search for the next 1½ hours the bird was not relocated in the area.

In Cornelian Bay there were 2 Eider, 11 Teal, 43 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns, a Purple Sandpiper, 8 Turnstones and 12 Curlew and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding over Old Town among a group of about 50 Black-headed Gulls from 17.15 until 17.45 at least.

Spotted Flycatcher - Hayburn Wyke - Keith Raper

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