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Monday 3 September 2018

1st & 2nd Sep – Ortolan Bunting among a good range of migrants

Saturday 1st September

A successful visit to the Old Light Manx Shearwater colony on the night of 31st/1st saw 84 shearwaters handled, of which 67 were chicks (59 newly ringed, 8 retraps) and 17 adults (11 new, 6 retraps, the latter including individuals ringed in 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2012). 

Other migrants included: single Grey Heron, Curlew and Dunlin, three Swifts, a Garden Warbler (ringed), a Goldcrest and four Pied Flycatchers.

Sunday 2nd September

At North Light on the night of 1st/2nd September six new Storm Petrels were ringed (and one retrapped), together with two adult and three young Manx Shearwaters. A Common Sandpiper was heard calling.

During the morning of 2nd, Rich Taylor found an Ortolan Bunting on the track near QuartersHe relocated it on the track above Benjamin's Chair in the afternoon and managed to grab a photo before the bird was unwittingly disturbed by daytrippers from the Waverley. Among other notable records were: a Dunlin, two first-winter Black-headed Gulls, two Swifts, the first Firecrest of the autumn (Quarter Wall Copse), a Goldcrest, 15 Pied Flycatchers, two Whinchats, a Yellow Wagtail and two Tree Pipits.

Maximum counts for other migrants across the two days were: 20 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows, two House Martins, two Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, two Sedge Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers and six Wheatears.

Information collated by Tony Taylor from multiple observers.

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