Sunday, 23 September 2012

21st-23rd September Yanky waders at last.

I had an e mail from Chris Ingram who was on tory this weekend;

Friday 21st September:  27 species seen, only bird of note was a female Kestrel.
Saturday 22nd September:  36 species.

Gannet  1 offshore
Fulmar  4 offshore
Mute Swan  2 on lakes in East and West, also 2ads+1imm on sea in harbour
Teal  2 on lake
Kestrel  1 female
Ringed Plover
Lapwing  c.25
Pectoral Sandpiper  1 juv at lake
Dunlin  2 on beach
Snipe  c.5
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black Back
Great Black Back
Rock Dove
Skylark  c.5
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Chiffchaff  1 in well area
Willow Warbler  1 in magic bush
Hooded Crow
Raven  flock of 9 over football pitch + others
Chough   probably 2 pairs
Tree Sparrow  c.5 in West, c.7/8 in East
Snow Bunting  1 female by hotel
Reed Bunting  1 in Grace's garden

Only birds of note on crossings were 2 Kittiwakes on return.

Derek Charles and Majella Callaghan were also on tory this weekend and along with finding the Pectoral Sandpiper Derek also managed to find an American Golden Plover (second Tory island record) on the 23rd. Also present on the 23rd were the Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Lapland Bunting.

From Derek;

Just 1 Manx Shearwater on return journey
Willow Warbler 1
White Wagtail 1 adult Male
Snipe 15
Wigeon 3
Teal 4
Snow Bunting 1 (Chris Ingram)
Mute Swan 3
Robin 1
Song Thrush 2
Pectoral Sand 1 juvenile the lake (D.C M.Callaghan, C.Ingram)
It was extremely jumpy. Once it seen you it was away, extremely vocal in flight)
Peregrine. Pair hunting together over lake, caught a Ringed Plover in mid air. Juvenile female the lake. Adult Female and juvenile female west town presumeably same as before
Merlin 1
Kestrel male and female
Dunlin 1
Meadow Pipit 100+
Skylark 4
Lapland Bunting 2 flushed from side of road near lake (D.C only)
AGP juvenile in off the sea Monday, picked up calling as it flew across lake and headed up the island.(D.C only)
Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Majella had one in flight over lake Saturday afternoon but we didnt relocate it and we didnt report to news services.

Thats about it one dead shrew and 1 live shrew seen!

Pectoral Sandpiper

Rock Pipit



all the best
Derek and Majella

All photos by Derek Charles

Three new species for the tory year list and all american waders.

Pectoral Sandpiper
American Golden Plover
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

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