Thursday 18 September 2014

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Migration watches; 10.30 - 14.15hrs, 15.30 - 16.45hrs and 17.45 - 18.55hrs.
Another good day with another welcome addition to the year list, which now stands at 224.
That addition came in the form of a fine juvenile Dotterel in the field to the north of Crook Ness which remained in the area until dark.
Other grounded migrants between Long Nab and the Spa Gardens were 2 Kestrel, 8 Golden Plover, 30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat (Castle), 24 Robin, 13 Song Thrush, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest (Castle), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher (both still in the Long Nab area including the very showy Crook Ness bird) and 19 Chaffinch.
Today was probably the worst day for visibility (at least at times) since the murk hit the coast three days ago so passage was once again almost none excistent.
The following was noted; (south unless stated) 1 Fulmar north, 1 Cormorant, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Gull north, 10 Black-headed Gull north, 2 Common Gull north, 2 Kittiwake north, 5 Sandwich Tern north, 19 Common Tern north, 1 Swallow and 7 Meadow Pipit.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Crook Ness - Dave Mansell

Dotterel, Long Nab - Michael McNaghten

Dotterel, Long Nab - Chris Bradshaw

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