Friday, 5 April 2013

A small mixed fall

Some news on the commoner migrants today.

Weather - Wind, almost calm after sunrise but soon NE 5-6 to late afternoon then becoming SSE 6. Mostly clear with occasional broken cloud in morning.

A wider variety of species were on the move today and although none were in exceptional numbers there was at least a good variety on show. Totals for the day for grounded species showing an increase were 10 Hoopoe, 15 Wryneck, 6 Woodchat Shrike, 9 Wood Warbler, 30 Whitethroat, 17 Subalpine Warbler, 45 Nightingale, 2 Collared Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher and 6 Redstart. The first Spotted Flycatcher and Cuckoo of the year were also noted.

Among the daytime migrants while Swallows were down Red-rumped Swallows were up with 18 logged and the first 'ball' of 70 north bound Spanish Sparrows went over Paliros at about 12.30.

There was also a mini raptor passage with 1 Marsh Harrier and 7 Kestrels north, an unidentified white-rumped harrier glimpsed briefly on the mountain and another harrier heading east c.1km off-shore from the lighthouse in to the headwind - and making slow progress.


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