Bird News from Dominic Le Croissette
Intermittent heavy rain for most of the morning made for difficult birding conditions at times, however as expected there was a good selection of migrant birds present. Continuing the trend of this spring, another male Siberian Thrush was seen, this time close to the roadside near the lighthouse. The area above the lighthouse was the place to be, with a female Yellow-browed Bunting the highlight; also in this area, 2 Tristram’s Buntings, an Asian Stubtail, a Goldcrest, and a handful of Eastern Crowned, Pale-legged Leaf and Yellow-browed Warblers. The gully was extremely quiet, but the recreation area above the gully was productive for buntings, with two more Tristram’s Buntings, 3 Black-faced Buntings (including a male of the personata race), 2 Rustic Buntings still, and an exhausted and somewhat bedraggled Little Bunting which allowed a close approach.