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Wednesday 14th September 2016

With a promising wind direction hopes were high for some migrant birds. The day started well with a Fieldfare disturbed from the East bank sallows which flew into the pines. It was seen again a short while later before being watched flying off west across the grazing marsh. Next up was a group of four Artic Skuas flying from Thornham over the corner of the Grazing marsh then over the obs, also heading west. A probable Little Bunting was reported flying over calling at Gore point and birds at the Observatory during the morning included a Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and five Whinchat on the grazing marsh near Thornham Harbour.

The afternoon saw a small arrival of birds with another Tree Pipit, two Pied Flycatchers, three Garden Warblers, Wheatear, two more Whinchat and Redstart trapped and ringed. Eight Spoonbill were in Thornham Harbour, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank and Spotted Redsahnk were noted around the Broadwater and the day ended with an impressive flock of thirty Grey Herons flying past the Obs heading west.

At Walsey Hills a quiet morning was enlivened by a brief Spotted Flycatcher and small numbers of commoner migrants. A similar afternoon arrival included five Pied Flycatchers and two male Common Redstarts feeding around the scrub and a Wheatear whizzed through.

Common Redstart after processing - Holme Bird Obs, September 2015