Highlights from the 16th were one lingering Citrine Wagtail, the first Red-backed Shrike of the autumn (in Wester Lother) and first Little Stint of the year at Utra. Scarcities included 2 Barred Warblers and a Wryneck, with counts of commoner migrants including 88 Willow Warbler, 15 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Whinchat, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 2 Green Sandpiper and singles of Wood Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Fieldfare, Spotted Flycatcher and Greenshank.
|The Wryneck on 16th showed very well from the Obs lounge window before heading up to feed in the heather.|
Two and a half hours later and the wardening team were up again to open the nets and run the traps before heading out to census the island. It was clear that some new birds had arrived, with four Reed Warblers and two Grasshopper Warblers noted. Other new birds included Siskin, Kestrel, Swift and Sand Martin. Singles of Barred Warbler, Wryneck and Wood Warbler remained and counts of most other migrants remained similar, including 6 Ruff on Meoness.
So the birding continues to be good, the forecast continues to be promising and we’re moving towards the time when anything could turn up, any guesses what we might get this weekend?