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Friday, 18 September 2009

Weekend promises a bumper offering of drift migrants from Scandinavia

































American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid, Musselburgh Esk River Mouth, Lothian, 18 September (Mike Thrower); Juvenile Glossy Ibis, Boyron Marshes, Suffolk, 18 September (Chris Upson) and Greenish Warbler trapped at Landguard NR, Suffolk, 17 September (Scott Mayson)

A first-winter GREENISH WARBLER remains at Landguard NR (Suffolk) for a second day, favouring the Poplar trees at the back of the Observatory Compound (see images above), whilst an ARCTIC WARBLER arrived at Marrister, Whalsay (Shetland) this morning following the bird on Fair Isle (Shetland) of yesterday (and still present today) (Fair Isle also has Richard's Pipit, Common Rosefinch and Yellow-browed Warbler).

It has been a good week for RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS with a first-winter showing well still in the NW corner of The Dell at Wells Woods (Norfolk) and another in Sycamores at Stiffkey campsite Wood (Norfolk). A much more elusive individual is present for a fifth day at Thorpeness former caravan park (Suffolk) with fresh arrivals at Minsmere RSPB (Suffolk) (in bushes by the picnic table pond), Flamborough Head (East Yorks), a second in Wells Woods from mid-afternoon and at Freiston Shore RSPB (Lincs) in bushes on the inner sea bank along the Wetland Trail.

There was no sign of yesterday's PADDYFIELD WARBLER on Bardsey Island (Gwynedd) this morning (just a BARRED WARBLER at Nant).

On the Spurn Point peninsula (East Yorks), a BARRED WARBLER was trapped and ringed at Kew early morning and released in the Crown & Anchor car park at Kilnsea, with the juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE still showing well in hawthorns by the car park at Sammy's Point, Easington. A juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is in the Point Dunes, along with a WRYNECK, whilst a RUSTIC BUNTING trapped at The Warren early afternoon was later relocated after release in the field between the seaward end of Clubley's Field and the fence to the Warren. A second BARRED WARBLER was still in dense Buckthorn at Post 62 and later in the afternoon, a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in Kilnsea Churchyard.

Another juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE is present at the seaward end of Nanquidno Valley (Cornwall), with at least 1 mobile TAWNY PIPIT in the Sennen area (Cornwall), whilst an ORTOLAN BUNTING on Marazion Beach (Cornwall) was flushed by dogwalkers and flew west. On the Isles of Scilly, the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING and juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE remain on St Agnes, along with a RICHARDS PIPIT, with a WRYNECK on Peninnis Head, St Mary's.

The Northeasterly winds have seen a small arrival of YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS with one for a second day at Shingle Street allotments (Suffolk) and others at Marsden Quarry (County Durham), Flamborough Head (East Yorks) (2), and at Lound Water Works (Suffolk).

A juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE is also present on Shetland, favouring the burn 140 yards up from the farmhouse at Skaw, Unst, with 2 BARRED WARBLERS nearby at Norwick, along with 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and a EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE. A further first-winter COMMON ROSEFINCH is present in a 'tatty' crop at Virkie Willows. On neighbouring Orkney, a juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is present at Evie and a COMMON ROSEFINCH on North Ronaldsay.

A juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE remains for a second day on the Sandwich Bay Estate (Kent), with a BARRED WARBLER in Marsden Quarry (Durham) and an ICTERINE WARBLER in the hedgerow (with a second bird by the Observatory) along the entrance road to Sea View Farm, Rimac (North Lincs). A EUROPEAN BEE-EATER flew north over Tolleshunt D'Arcy (Essex) at 1705

The six GLOSSY IBISES remain on the Ouse Washes (Cambs) on Willow Wash Pool, about a mile north of Mepal, whilst the flock of 10 in Wales which visited the Alaw Estuary (Anglesey) yesterday, circled Bardsey Island (Caernarvonshire) at 1030 hours and by late afternoon were at St Dogmaels Quay (Pembs). An additional juvenile remains on saltmarsh near the Webley Hotel on the Teifi Estuary (Ceredigion). The long-staying juvenile continues to show well on the flash north of the footpath east from Banter's Barn Farm, Boyton Marshes RSPB (Suffolk) (at TM 389 475) whilst Norfolk got in on the act with a juvenile showing well close to the second dyke on the right adjacent to the main track at Buckenham Marsh RSPB.

A LESSER YELLOWLEGS remains for a second day at Loch of Strathbeg RSPB (Aberdeenshire) (visible from the Starnafin Farm centre) with the long-staying adult at Aberlady Bay (Lothian) whilst the adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER remains very distantly on the island visible from the Roy King Hide at Abberton Reservoir (Essex). The long-staying but mobile juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER continues to dodge the windsurfers on Marazion Beach (Cornwall) whilst the juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER continues to show well in the NW corner of Ballo Reservoir (Fife) close to the Little Ballo Farm (access from the Holl Reservoir car park at NO 225 045). The two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS remain on Tiree (Argyll) at Loch a'Phuill. A juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER remains on Porthellick Pool, St Mary's (Scilly) with others at Wombwell Ings (South Yorks), Draycote Water Toft Bay (Warks) (accessed from the CP car park - £2.00 parking charge), South Walney Central Marsh (Lancs), Loch of Strathbeg RSPB (Aberdeenshire) and the Ythan Estuary (Aberdeenshire). A juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE is preesent for a second day at Martin Mere WWT (Lancs).

A GREAT WHITE EGRET was south of Freckleton (Lancs) at Freckleton Naze Pool early morning, with another frequenting ditches and dykes at Otmoor RSPB (Oxfordshire). Meanwhile, a further bird flew over Christchurch Harbour (Dorset) mid-morning and was later relocated on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour. What was most likely the Freckleton bird was at Crossens Marsh (Lancs) from mid-afternoon with a long-staying bird still at Meare Heath (Somerset) and one of the recent Cambs birds at Kingfishers Bridge WCT Reserve, NW of Wicken. A CATTLE EGRET still remains on Court Lake at Frampton-on-Severn (Gloucs)..
The SPOTTED CRAKE was still showing well at Edderthorpe Flash in the Dearne Valley (South Yorks) today, with the Bradiford Water (Devon) bird seen again at the edge of the scrape and a new bird at Ladywalk NR (Warks). A further bird remains at the London Wetland Centre Reserve at Barnes (London).

The eclipse drake KING EIDER is still to be seen from the Cut End Hide (Lincs) with a drake SURF SCOTER again in Inganess Bay (Orkney) on Thursday. In Lothian, a Mallard x American Black Duck hybrid was on the River Esk at Musselburgh today (Colin Davison et al)

A GREAT SHEARWATER flew past North Ronaldsay (Orkney) this morning whilst the juvenile SABINE'S GULL first discovered on 15th was still present this evening on Blenheim Park Lake (Oxfordshire).

It has been a good autumn so far for TREE SPARROWS, with two vagrant individuals frequenting the feeders at Titchfield Haven NNR (Hants) and a good passage at various East Coast and South Coast promontories.

In IRELAND, a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER continues at Black Rock Strand (Co. Kerry), along with a juvenile SPOTTED SANDPIPER, with two juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on Webb's Field at Kilcoole (Co. Wicklow).