We have been enjoying a fantastic run of birding (with the last four days producing eight BBRC rarities) and today saw a reasonable arrival of common migrants. The rarity quotient was provided by the lingering Paddyfield Warbler and Olive-backed Pipit and scarcities included a Richard’s Pipit at Utra, three Little Buntings (the lingering bird at the Havens, with new individuals at Lower Leogh and Kenaby), Red-backed Shrike, Bluethroat, Hawfinch and ten Yellow-browed Warblers.
A small fall of thrushes included 173 Song Thrush, 40 Redwing, 5 Ring Ouzel, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird and a Fieldfare. The main support was provided by 80 Brambling, 56 Snow Bunting, 54 Goldcrest, 20 Tree Pipit, 65 Snipe and 14 Jack Snipe. Species arriving in smaller numbers included 9 Redstart, 8 Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch, 3 Wood Warbler and a Common Sandpiper, whilst there were two Sooty Shearwaters seen from South Light.
The conditions are set to become less favourable for new arrivals in the forthcoming days, but I suspect that there may be one or two more surprises lurking out there waiting to be found.