There are some days that you know are going to be good, some that you hope are going to be good and others that just somewhat sneak up on you but end up blowing you away with their superb birding. Today saw a cloudy start and light south-west winds, not ideal for migrants, but in late spring they are the sort of conditions that could always result in a good bird dropping in. So when an early start for trap rounds (and Guillemot population monitoring) saw a smart male ‘western’ Subalpine Warbler trapped in the Plantation, we were pretty happy with our lot.
|What a great start to the day! Our seventh Subalpine Warbler of the last three years, but only the second to be positively identified as a 'western' bird.|
|A much scarcer species in recent years in the UK (and potential replacement for Olive-backed Pipit on the British Birds rarity list), this was our second Rustic Bunting of the spring after a blank year in 2012.|
Osprey, a male Hen Harrier and a Quail, what a fantastic end to an already glorious day (with toad in the hole for a delayed dinner rounding things off nicely!).
Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, 2 Short-eared Owls and an Iceland Gull (with 6 Snow Buntings and a Redwing also adding to an oddly mixed bag of birds), whilst new migrants included 4 Collared Dove, 26 Swallow, 11 Carrion Crow and 3 Spotted Flycatcher.
|This immature Iceland Gull toured the island today.|