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Saturday 6 October 2018

5th Oct – Melodious & Yellow-browed Warblers

In a case of south-west meets north-east, the birding highlights of a largely overcast and gloomy Friday 5th October, with a light SW wind, were a Melodious Warbler on the Terrace and a Yellow-browed Warbler in Millcombe. The Melodious Warbler, initially perched on top of the Terrace Trap willows next to a Chiffchaff, showed well for about 10 minutes for Tim Jones & Tim Davis, but couldn't be relocated after taking a long flight and diving for cover. The Yellow-browed Warbler was in the sycamores around the stream down from Brambles and was presumed to be the same bird as seen on 4th, but views were too distant to compare plumage details.

The supporting cast was provided by the Great Spotted Woodpecker, which was in Millcombe again during the late afternoon, the Great Northern Diver in the Landing Bay, a late Spotted Flycatcher in Millcombe, a Wheatear (probably Greenland) in Lighthouse Field, and a Tree Pipit calling over the Terrace. Visible migration was slow to non-existent until the early afternoon, when there was a burst of hirundines, pipits and finches moving south along the East Side.

In late news for Thursday 4th, Ken Ebsworthy & Darrin Dowding saw a first-year Osprey over South Light during the early evening. Unfortunately for him, Ken & Darrin's mate Ryan was fully occupied with a plate of ham, egg & chips in the Tavern at the time!

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