Saturday, 20 September 2014


Had to burn up a day's holiday so headed up to Holy Island. Started at the Snook at 0800 in light rain where the star bird was a Redstart at Half-moon Slack, with a few Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest , 2 Wheatear and 3 Snipe. Chair End was bird free, but it picked up at the Straight Lonnen with a Redstart in the patch of willows.

Redstart through the murk
A ring-tail Hen Harrier flew across the track- a belated year tick.

Hen Harrier
Hen Harrier
As the vegetation thickened up there were more birds with Lesser Whitethroat, Whinchat, Stonechat and 2 Wheatear.

The walk along the Crooked Lonnen gave 2 early Fieldfare and 5 Wheatear.

I got to the Lough to the news that the Siberian Stonechat had dropped out of view, but the Red-backed Shrike was showing well.

Red-backed Shrike
The Sibe swiftly reappeared giving excellent, but distant views, perched up on the fence-line.

Siberian Stonechat
At times the Sibe and the Shrike were sitting side by side.

Sibe and Shrike
The rump
Also here were Willow Warbler, Blackcap and 2 flyover Tree Pipit.

By the time I got to the Vicar's Garden the sky was blue and the sun was out. In the garden there were 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Next was a trip back to the Snook to get the Barred Warbler that I missed first thing. I flushed the bird as I approached the garden and had decent flight views, but despite an hour's searching I couldn't relocate it. While looking for the Barred all sorts popped up in the gardens. 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest and 3 Wheatear.

Lesser Whitethroat
South from the Snook
 A Little Egret was the only bird of note from the causeway. Stopped off on the way home at Budle point to try for better views of a Barred Warbler, but all I could find was a Garden Warbler and 2 Stonechat.


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