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More Wrynecks

fredag 26. august 2016
af Simon Davies

It remained hot and sunny but the now southerly wind was a bit stronger than yesterday and the nets were a bit quieter than yesterday; the 28 new birds did however include 2 Wrynecks (sixth and seventh for the autumn) and the third Wood Warbler along with single Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler and Tree Pipit.   It was quiet around the garden and overhead as well with a Sparrowhawk and a few Swifts the only signs of any migration.

Todays meagre totals - 2 Wrynecks / Vendehals;  1 Tree Pipit / Skovpiber;  1 Robin / Roedhals;  1 Redstart / Roedstjert;  1 Marsh Warbler / Kaersanger;  1 Icterine Warbler / Gulbug;  4 Lesser Whitethroat / Gaerdesanger;  2 Whitethroat / Tornsanger;  3 Garden Warbler / Havesanger;  4 Blackcap / Munk;  1 Wood Warbler / Skovsanger;  5 Willow Warbler / Loevsanger;  1 Spotted Flycatcher / Gra Fluesnapper;  1 Pied Flycatcher / Broget Fluesnapper

                I went for a random drive around the fields looking for any raptors in the afternoon and after failing miserably to find anything I got back to the station to find a cracking juvenile Honey Buzzard flying around the garden!   This proved to be the start of a little burst of activity in the evening with 4 Marsh Harriers and 20+ Sparrowhawks coming in from the north – the harriers continued south out to sea but seemingly none of the Sparrowhawks were prepared to head out this late in the day and either turned round or angled off to the west across the fields.   Also in the evening a Temminck’s Stint flew low over the pond in the front field and two Knot flew west.

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