Sunday 6 November 2011

A brief family visit to Tuti

I made a brief visit to Tuti yesterday with my family and some friends. There was little opportunity for serious birding, but I was still able to see a few things. There were a few wheatears about, though the only one seen well enough to identify was this Desert Wheatear which is the first I have seen on the island.

Desert Wheatear, Tuti Island 5th November 2011

A few other migrants were around, including a Eurasian Hoopoe, a Common Redstart, a Tree Pipit, some Yellow Wagtails, a Lesser whitethroat plus a few other unidentified warblers. An Osprey was my first sighting on the island, with the bird heading north down the river suggesting it is wintering here rather than on passage.

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