Saturday, September 10, 2005

Greenish Warbler - 'Bomb hole', South Gare, Cleveland - 10th Sept 2005.

This Greenish Warbler was one of two seen today, the other being at the end of the Zinc Rd, North Gare, though the latter gave unsatisfactory views mid-evening. Other passerine highlights today included an Icterine Warbler on 'long-lane', Filey NCCP and the Booted Warbler at Scarborough Castle. This latter bird was a classic example of a newly arrived migrant, as it fed in grass on the seaward side at the base of the castle cliff, also making its way halfway up the bare rock face. Persistant heavy drizzle thwarted attempts to photograph the Booted. 2 Redstart, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and a c15 Willow Warbler were the sum total of common migrants at the combined sites, though it was obvious that more migrants were making landfall along the Yorkshire coast as the day progressed. An hours seawatch off Filey Brigg early morning produced 20+ Bonxie, 10+ Arctic Skua, with mixed Duck flocks on the move including Common Scoter, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon and Pintail. Several Purple Sandpiper roosted on the Brigg.