19 September 2011

Sedgies gone?

Yesterday, Sunday, was a better day weatherwise. To start the day there were 3 Pied Wagtails out on the lawn, there has only been one up to now so the arrival of a couple more was a welcome sign even though they will probably only be around for a couple of weeks. They always seem to move on after a brief visit here.

Then while I was looking from the porch out at the seals on the rocks in the bay, a nice male Wheatear appeared on the wall on the other side of the road. I also spotted a couple of Red Throated Divers out in the bay.

There had been one or two reports of the odd migrant turning up over the last couple of days, so my trainer decided it might be worth a look at a site over on Deerness which is usually a good migrant spot. After an hour at the site and nothing being found we decided to go to our usual Swallow roost to see if there was much there. On our way we spotted a couple of Whinchats, a new bird for me.

A couple of hours at the Swallow roost only saw us catch one Reed Bunting and around a dozen Swallows, although there were good numbers overhead they were keeping up high. The noticeable absence was the Sedge Warbler, this was the first time we hadn't caught any this season so it looks like they have now set off on their long journey South.

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