Monday, 4 October 2010

Western Palearcitc Megas!

There has been some mega birds within the Western Palearctic today:

  • 'American' Buff-bellied Pipit
  • Sykes's Warbler


  • Double-crested Cormorant

The Netherlands:

  • Pallid Harrier
  • Crag Martin


  • Glaucous-winged Gull


  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat

With a wide range of other interesting species, e.g. Blue-winged Teal, Marbled Duck, Lesser Scaup, Semi-palmated, White-rumped and Spotted Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope, Alpine Swift, Melodious, Radde's and Western Bonelli's Warblers and Lesser Grey Shrike recorded too.

Of most interest locally was an adult Sabine's Gull that was found at Bank Island, Wheldrake Ings and later at Storwood, though is likely to prove elusive due to a lot of gulls in the area and a large amount of suitable foraging habitat. An Osprey flew over York university (unfortunately I couldn't see it from my office) and interestingly, it appears that two Osprey were also recorded (and photographed) not too far away today!

An American Golden Plover is on my radar for tomorrow as I have to go right past the site on my way to work tomorrow where there has been a moulting adult bird for the last couple of days - fingers crossed it'll be there in the morning!

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