Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday 29th March 2014

Weather; Early mist followed by hazy sunshine. Wind S.E  force 3

The South-easterlies produced a greater number and variety of migrants today in the lighthouse area. Grounded birds here included 13 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.
Overhead birds were also in evidence, the vast majority moving east. 2 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 11 Siskins, 2 Redpolls and over 250 Meadow Pipits were recorded. Good numbers of the Meadow Pipits were alighting briefly in the paddocks before continuing east. Among them were several individuals with a strong orange-buff wash to the underparts considered a feature of northern-west breeding populations in North-west Scotland, Ireland and Iceland which some consider to be a separate subspecies whistleri. One such individual is pictured underneath.
Photo E.W.
Observers; KD, DH, EW, JJ.

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