Sunday, 15 April 2018

Pipits, Wheatears and Bee-eaters - 14th April

Despite the fresh ENE wind there were a good mix of migrants around today, although only small numbers. There had clearly been a small arrival of Black-eared Wheatears with at least 8 scattered along the shore of Porto Sternes, along with 2 Northern Wheatears. On Pipit Plateau there was a good mix of pipits with Tree, Red-throated and Tawny, also 10 Short-toed Larks.
Small numbers of Bee-eaters passed through during the day and during the afternoon there was a small northward movement of Swallows.

Grounded Migrants: 21 Black-eared Wheatear, 2 Northern Wheatear, 3 Redstart, 2 Wryneck, 14 Woodchat Shrike, 13 Whinchat, 4 Great Reed Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 14 Whitethroat and 13 Nightingale.

Visible Passage:  a total of 31 Bee-eaters flew north. Also 41 Swallow and 67 flavas.

Raptors: A solitary Kestrel flew out south at the lighthouse. 1 Montagu's and 1 Harrier Sp north. 

Bird Ringing:  7 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Nightingale, 1 Woodchat, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Collared Flycatcher and 1 Semi-collared Flycathcher.
Overall Total: 17 birds ringed from XXM of nets.

Weather: ENE 4-5 increasing 6, clear skies all day but murky with Saharan dust.
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