Monday, 25 April 2016

Portland Bird Obs birding

Was down at Portland Bill for some early migrant birding. Some nice birds seen today including 1st Grasshopper Warbler of the year, 2 Redstart, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3+Wheatear, 60+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat and possible brief sighting of Nightingale at the Obs. Out on the sea nice view of Bonxie's, Arctic Skua, Manxies, Common Scoter & summer plumaged Great Northern Diver. Missed the Osprey over the Obs.

Quick look at Suckthumb Quarry in the afternoon on way home, single Redstart & several Willow Warbler all of note. Small passage of Sand Martin & Swallow passing North.

At Ferrybridge good numbers of Whimbrel (30+), Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew, Oystercatcher, White Wagtail and pair of Raven all of note.

Back on the local patch at Sherborne this afternoon (15.00-18.00pm). Went for walk around the farm & down towards the river scrub.

Weather warm & sunny with strong northernly wind. Good numbers of migrants passing through though many been elusive in breezy weather. 2 male Redstart, 12+ Willlow Warbler, several Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, Whitehroat, 40+ House Martin (flying west). Stock Dove at the farm yard.
Most hidden phllyosc's on sheltered side of scrub out of view!!

Be brilliant to know if any of these Willow Warblers passing through the patch this evening were in the garden at Portland Obs at 7am this morning!!?? Most likely but very exciting to wonder about that!!

Migrant numbers certainly picking up over the last few day's, hoping for big fall in the next week (hopefully)!! Watch this space

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