Sunday 30 August 2015

More Migrants

Too much of a good thing? I don't think so, and neither did the hordes of visiting birders this morning, all hoping for a glimpse of one of our Redstarts or other goodies. They were all still present and correct, the lack of movement is astounding. There had however been another small fall overnight, so yesterday's five Whinchats became eight, and we had a Wood Warbler a few times around Long Wood. Seen badly admittedly, and although thoughts of Bonelli's crossed my mind I think that ultimately it was too yellowy for that, but a lovely clean white underneath nonetheless. Nick, Bob and I all saw it independently and without consultation, so we put the news out as the balance of probability was pretty high. Obviously if anyone finds a Western Bonelli's we're all having it....Other highlights included up to six Spotted Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit, a Reed Warbler, several Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear. Here's a few photos from the morning - I'm pretty pleased with the Redstart, even if it was the less spanking one.

EDIT: afternoon update, trotted out to Alex on news of a Pied Flycatcher and was pleased to find Nick still watching it. Two Spotted Flycatchers with it and yet another male Redstart on the way home. One of the best migrant days I can remember.

I can't believe Common Redstarts are even real

The Tree Pipit is still hanging around

A lovely and spikey Reed Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher

this afternoon's Pied Flycatcher

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