Saturday 5 September 2009

An Icky Day

Icterine Warbler, Brownsman (by Joe Cockram)

Icterine showing well - Brownsman (by Joe Cockram)

Friday 4th September comments:
The day was almost a repeat of the previous, as a north-westerly wind blasted the islands and once again, we were closed to visitors. However the rain moved on and it allowed the birders on the island to find more migrant birds including a stunning Icterine Warbler - the first this year (a rare visitor - although almost annual on the Farnes - from the near-continent). However its not all about birding, as the team painted the bathroom on Inner Farne and caught with paperwork - the results are showing its been a stunning breeding season the islands, but more of that later.
Seawatching: Red-throated Diver 1S, Sooty Shearwater 3N, Manx Shearwater 29N, Teal 15N 32S, Wigeon 7N, Arctic Skua 16S, Great Skua 3N 3S.

Others: Grey Heron 3, Dunlin 5, Snipe 2, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Golden Plover 310 on Longstone, Common Sandpiper 4, Tree Pipit, Redstart male for second day, Whinchat 1 on Staple, Wheatear 8, Willow Warbler 8, Icterine Warbler - 1 on Brownsman, first this year, Garden Warbler 2, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler 2, Whitethroat 2 and Spotted Flycatcher.

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