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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

10th & 11th Sep – An influx of migrants ends badly for a Blackcap

David Price writes:

"Monday morning (10th) dawned fine with a small influx of warblers in Millcombe. Perhaps 30 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers and a single Whitethroat were flitting around, most of them in Smelly Gully. Whilst Nik was watching them, a Sparrowhawk swept across and crashed into the bushes, emerging a few moments later with an unfortunate Blackcap. Two Tree Pipits recorded, a perky Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher and at least two Spotted Flyctachers. Water Rail calling regularly from the gully. Wind really got up in the afternoon and with rain interspersed it once again ruled out any shearwatering last night.

This morning (Tuesday 11th), wind and rain subdued everything, though probably yesterday's migrants had already headed off. The only significant sightings have been a Wheatear, one Spotted Flycatcher hanging on, at least 80 Starlings, and 75 Meadow Pipits feeding near the lambing shed, presumably recently arrived. Weather improving and should be OK for a visit to the Old Light shearwater colony tonight."

1 comment:

  1. Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers on Lundy this afternoon (11th) according to Birdguides.