Thursday, 27 September 2012

A Fall of Migrants...

This week has seen some of the worst weather of the year with strong easterly gales and heavy rain causing floods and chaos across Northumberland.

For the birdwatcher, however, this same weather has been responsible for grounding good numbers of migrant birds along our coastline.

On Holy Island, an Arctic Warbler headed a cast of rare and scarce birds that included Wryneck, Ring Ouzel, Osprey, Red breasted Flycatcher and Yellow browed Warbler, not to mention good numbers of commoner migrants such as Song Thrush and Redstart.

Elsewhere, Craster held Lapland Bunting, Spotted Flycatcher more Redstarts, 2+ Redwings and 2 Willow Tits, and at Howick, Lesser Whitethroat and Ring Ouzel were seen.