Friday, 29 March 2013

A bird from further south ............

Well while we can't be sure whether it was the easterly winds that blew up overnight or the southerly gale last weekend that blew it in the bird of the day was a male Trumpeter Finch. First briefly seen close to the fishing boats below the Point car park, it then moved to the car park itself where we eventually had good, if brief, views. The bird was very flighty and vanished every time we started to get a camera out ! After 3 visits to the car park over a one hour period, we thought it might have settled down but despite another hour searching, with cameras ready, it was not seen again.

Elsewhere on the headland, despite more time in the field today, there were far few birds than yesterday. The only exception being 27 Tawny Pipits, most of these being seen on a walk out to the lighthouse. There appeared to be a few birds coming in late with several Subalpine Warblers, Willow Warblers and Redstarts appearing, and moving north, while we were looking for the  finch.

Counts for selected migrants were: 14 Subalpine Warblers, 5 Woodchats, 1 Savi's Warbler, 14 Nightingale, 4 Quail, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Redstart, 2 Wryneck, 13 Hoopoe (possibly mostly yesterday's birds)and 6 Northern Wheatear.


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  2. Steven - thanks for comment and apologies but I seem to have just deleted it in a clumsy tap on the iPad.The winds while easterly here were south-easterly across the Med hence the suggestion of its origin and I agree most likely to be newly arrived.

  3. its ok! Good to know my comment was read and that you agree ;)