Winter at Holme Bird Observatory (please click for clip)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Some good seawatching and a major fall of common migrants

A good few days seawatching 24th-26th Sept produced a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 4 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Sabine's Gulls and a Grey Phalarope amongst other bits and pieces including 2 Barnacle Geese and a Red-necked Grebe. This proceeded a major arrival of common migrants from 26th-28th Sept, with peaks of 450 Robins, 10 Redstarts and 270 Bramblings amongst many other species. Associated with this were several scarcities, including a Whiskered Tern that flew through Redwell, a Grey Phalarope that dropped into Redwell briefly, a Wryneck reported in the dunes, a Honey Buzzard over the pines, up to 16 Lapland Buntings, 3 Ring Ouzels and both a Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler on the NOA reserve, with the latter caught and ringed and pictured below (photo by Penny Clarke).

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