Friday, 2 May 2014

A Woodchat Shrike day (and other birds as well)

A really cracking arrival today with plenty of birds in most areas of the headland; Woodchat Shrike was the most abundant species with 118 logged (the previous best count was 48 on 29th April 2012). Woodchats were conspicuous from sunrise and there were even 15 on a walk out to the lighthouse.

Totals for the other species involved in the arrival were 7 Hoopoe, 1 Wryneck, 8 Golden Oriole, 15 Wood Warbler, 19 Garden Warbler, 71 Whitethroat, 4 Subalpine Warbler, 20 Icterine Warbler, 13 Sedge Warbler, 13 Great Reed Warbler, 86 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Nightingale, 2 Collared Flycatcher, 32 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Redstart, 51 Whinchat, 5 Northern Wheatear, 16 Spanish Sparrow, 28 flava Wagtail, 2 Tawny Pipit and 4 Red-throated Pipit.

Raptor passage today involved a single Marsh Harrier, 3 Montagu's Harrier and 2 Kestrel, all heading north. There were also at least 38 Bee-eater, including a party of 25 that headed south from the lighthouse out to sea.

Woodchat Shrike
Wood Warbler at Paliros
Wheatear at Aghirokambi


No comments:

Post a Comment