Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Birds were all around

Two days down in Weymouth/ Portland at the start of the migration with quite a few nice birds around should have been good, however family business limited the time in the field. I did manage to pick up a few nice birds - whinchats and tree pipits which were new for the year list, good numbers of dunlin and sanderling at Ferrybridge, lots of gannets passing the bill. Also, picked up curlew sandpiper, ringer plover, greenshank, barwit, little and common tern at Ferrybridge.
At Durlston Head there were good numbers of swallows passing along the cliffs and phylloscs (cc and ww) were calling in the bushes. Someone claimed a greenish that day as well but I couldn't see it!
At the bill very early on Wednesday the highlight was the very large number of yellow wagtails (over 100) and wheatears, together with more linnets than I've seen in some time and rock pipits. Managed to miss all the good birds though (ortolan, wryneck, ring ouzel, Balearic shearwater).
I'll leave you with a picture of the little owl in the obs quarry looking a bit coquettish!!