Monday, 5 September 2011

Prawle roundup

Grasshopper Warbler - nice feet !!

Saturday 3/9; Best bird of the day was a juvenile Marsh Harrier that flew west at 19.00; Otherwise fairly quiet on the land with totals of 3 Wheatears, Whinchat, 43 Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, 4 White Wagtails, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Garden Warbler, 28 Blackcaps, 25 Whitethroats, 44 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Waders were restricted to 4 Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.

Sunday 4/9; What a difference a day makes! Overnight rain dropped many common migrants in, as well as the 3 previously mentioned Wrynecks. Wheatears were the most abundant, with at least 200 in the area, including 90+ in one stubble field. The other two species to feature most prominently were Willow Wablers with c50, and Spotted Flycatcher with 18. A count of 5 Grasshopper Warblers was notable, and other warbler totals were 2 Sedge, 26 Blackcaps, 42 Whitethroats and 23 Chiffchaffs. 18 Sand Martins passed through, and other notable birds were Hobby, 2 Whinchats, 11 Yellow and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Finished the day with a little seawatch which produced a Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearics and 19 Manx.