On the 30th September 2017….
As Saturday morning dawned, I opted to spend my birding time on the coast at St Mary’s again in the hope that I may find some autumn migrants. I was lucky to catch up with at least two Yellow-browed Warbler’s and a lone Chiffchaff.
For the last few years, I’ve regularly encountered Stonechats when visiting St Mary’s Island and Wetland. They are always a welcome treat Everytime! I found this bird today out in the sunshine.
I also enjoyed a couple of star Waders as I relaxed in the early morning sun, enjoying the fresh coastal air. The first was a Grey Plover; which is a Plover I don’t record at this site very often. Some years during the autumn/winter months a few birds can be found. These are often away from the large flocks of Golden Plover that love St Mary’s every winter.
Second was a Redshank; kinda of a shy bird, so not easy to photograph. As soon as you get near, they tend to fly off making that familiar loud call. Today was different however and a bird stayed close; perhaps because their were gangs of those Ruff waders still around.
I counted 12-13 Ruff still present in the field as you drive into the car park at St Mary’s. There was also small flocks of Linnet, Goldfinch and up to nine Curlews. No Grey Herons were out fishing today.