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Migrants

Posted by pete marsh 
Migrants
April 14, 2017 09:32AM
A few odds and ends in the warm sector murk this am including singing grasshopper warbler and lesser whitethroat. Worth checking your local patch
Re: Migrants
April 14, 2017 01:39PM
Checked this morning hoping for both those species. Terrible weather didn't help, but no joy.
Clear increase in Blackcap, swallows and willow warblers though.
Re: Migrants
April 14, 2017 03:50PM
Plenty of swallows coming through Cross Hill Park this morning and after lunch, dozens. Just took a trawl through Quernmore but no sight of any whimbrel. Good numbers of swallows in drizzle over Blea Tarn though, including one of interest perched with others on the reservoir fence. A sort of 9/10 the size swallow with short streamers slightly longer than a martin's . Even blue wings, back, head and nape but not as 'metallic' as its neighbours on the fence. No pale or red patch on the rump and no pale or pink collar (I was hoping for red rumped swallow which it wasn't) . Face rich deep red. Here's the interesting thing. Throat, chest and underparts a deep red salmon flecked with dark and white streaks. The redness paled off towards the vent.

I can only assume this is some vagrant sub species. I have seen similar in Alexandria at Christmas time many years ago.
Re: Migrants
April 14, 2017 06:34PM
Other things:
Yellow wagtail - male lune valley but very mobile (also 2 x White Wagtail)
Shoveler - pair at the Snab - rare lune valley
Sedge warbler singing by heysham nr office (per Reuben)
Bar headed goose showing well at Snab!!

Himalayan haze.....................



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