Saturday, 2 November 2019

The wind was in the west today and the day began very wet. However it became quite nice from mid-morning when the rain stopped!.

Observatory Staff were preparing everything for leaving the island as a boat was coming to collect them and take them off the island on Sunday...

Lewis headed up to Nant early afternoon once the rain had stopped and quickly returned to the Obs to say he had found an ADULT MALE Red-Breasted Flycatcher at Nant. Everyone grabbed their cameras and set off back to Nant with Lewis, we split up and relocated the Flycatcher in the New Plantation, feeding in the newly cut area of trees. It showed well, thankfully and everyone saw it! What a treat for the last full day on the island. While watching the Flycatcher, a Firecrest was also seen feeding along with small numbers of Goldcrests, too.
Red-breasted Flycatcher - George Dunbar

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Today was a quiet one on the bird front, the wind was a 20mph south east. But with a rapid and early departure imminent the staff are getting jobs done such as data inputting and packing the Observatory away, ready to face the winter unattended.

The bird of the day was a report from Gareth, the farmer on the island. Who gave some rather interesting news of a Swift over Nant, this late in the year, it can be assumed that we may well have missed a Pallid Swift, but this cannot be confirmed, unfortunately!

Blackbirds were once again frequenting Cristin Garden, with 22 counted at any one time, alongside these were 33 Chaffinches and two Blackcaps

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

There were yet more south-easterly winds today. It is getting late in the season now, but signs of passage are still around, such as: 379 Black-headed Gulls and 18 Common Gulls south past West Coast. The highlight of the day was three Great White Egrets that flew straight over Cristin and were seen from the office, after running outside to take photos 611 Jackdaws were then seen flying high over! Another good record for the island was five Lapwings on Henllwyn, great to see, and the highest number recorded all year.

Winter thrushes have been nice to watch in the garden lately, feeding on apple on the lawn, up to 30 Blackbirds and eight Redwings have been on the grass at once, Chaffinches have also been taking advantage as well, 44 were in the garden at Cristin today, whats more, and three Blackcaps have also been drawn in by the promise of fruit.

The end of the season is fast approaching and the staff are getting ready to leave at a moment's notice, this means that the mist nets around the island have been taken down.
Lewis packing the nets away at the Plantation

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The weather today was notably colder with a chilling winds coming from the east really making every draft felt. Most time was spent getting all the necessary work done in preparation for the end of the year which is coming up fast for us now.

The most impressive numbers were, like yesterday, made up of Jackdaws which consisted of around 200 on the island and Starlings with 177 estimated in the fields. Finches were around but in much lower numbers, Chaffinches again the most abundant with 60 in total, just two Bramblings, 19 Siskins, four Redpolls and a single Greenfinch were heard and seen around or over the observatory. in the garden some apples proved very productive and every thrush in the garden was down having a go at them. the largest numbers came in the form of Blackbirds with 55 on the island an 40 from the garden. other thrushes included a single Mistle Thrush, 15 Redwings, six Song Thrushes, 13 Fieldfare and a single Ring Ouzel heard.

Other birds around the island included a single Reed Bunting, six Robins, four Skylarks and a single Lapwing on the narrows.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Today was one of the best days we have had for a while, the sun was out, there was a clear blue sky extending as far as you could see and there was a light cold breeze from the south east. Today also saw the departure of our last few guests of the year and as they left the island was left with just nine brave souls on the island.

It was clear from dawn that birds were around. Two Long-tailed Tits at least were seen and heard in the garden at Cristen first thing and Jackdaws were of note with flocks heading up and down the island all morning, an estimate of 340 was probably a little conservative. Along with these other corvids were around too with 25 Rooks and 12 Carrion Crows. A large Starling flock was watcher from Cristen as it moved around the island settling at the north end in the maritime heath, again an estimate of 633 was the minimum count. As we were sat watching all this go on, finches were heading over in numbers too with 194 Chaffinches, 13 Bramblings, 42 Siskins, seven Goldfinches and two Redpolls all through mostly in the morning. Then a surprise of a Red Kite drifted over the observatory and onto the west coast whee it was watched heading up and down a few time being constantly harassed by Magpies. Thrushes along with the cold breeze gave the island a winter feel also, Fieldfares were in abundant with 26 heard mostly around Cristen, Redwings went over 'seeping' as they did and number built up to a day total of 42 and Blackbirds and Song Thrushes were in lower numbers with eight and two respectively. As always when other birds are on the move, Skylarks were evident heard heading through the island but often at such a height you can't find them in the sky. A day total of 33 marked a good day.

Other birds of interest included a single Sparrowhawk, four Snipe, a single Woodcock and a lone Reed Bunting.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

It was the calmest day there has been for a little while, but still a bit too windy to mist net. Instead a couple of the Observatory staff went to Nant to check the roost sight of a Barn Owl that had been sighted a month earlier and then again last week. It was roosting in a box with a large entrance, and so after putting a net over that entrance and opening the back door to see that there was an owl in there, it tried to escape and flew into the net.
Barn Owl - Photo: George Dunbar

The middle claw has a comb on it, a feature a few bird share - Photo George Dunbar
Other sightings include: one Merlin, one Peregrine, one Water Rail, 12 Snipes, 38 Herring Gulls, one Little Owl, 12 Skylarks, 14 Meadow Pipits, 14 Blackbirds, 150 Starlings, 10 Chaffinches and one Lapland Bunting.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Today the weather really took a turn for the colder. The wind switched to the north with a touch of east in it and the sky cleared up giving a cold blue feel where ever you looked.

The birds too gave a winter feel to the island with finch numbers increasing, Chaffinches up to 79 and a flock of six Siskins were at the farm. Woodcock numbers were up to four, all of which exploding out of the wetlands and the withys. Waders still present in number included Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone with 41, 12 and 36 respectively.

Numbers from elsewhere include two Peregrines, two Skylakrs, three Blackcaps, 18 Goldcrests, and 40 Starlings.

Seals are still pupping on the island although the rate of which has slowed a lot. Another three pups in the last few days however takes the total this year, so far, to an impressive 53 which is a new record for the island. The islands breeding Grey Seal populations has been increasing regularly in recent years and this shows it still is. Why it has done so is not known however it shows there must be good feeding and plenty of suitable space for them on the island.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Today it is fair to say that rain stopped play. With not much wind the rain clouds didn't budge and a drizzle that kept birds hidden and kept binoculars steamed up lasted all day. Rain has been scarce this year up until the last few weeks and compared to just 20 or so miles in land the island stays very dry throughout the year. When rain does fall it is normally blown through either leaving a day of two halves or a day of short showers. 

News then was thin on the ground and the day was spent doing paper work for the end of year report and in general preparation for the end of the year. The island still hosted the flock of Curlew with 22 seen, 15 Turnstones still fed on the beach, and birds of prey included singles of Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Merlin. Chaffinches were still calling from around the garden and Robins were ticking away but there was a real lack of noise from thrushes or any other finches. 


Thursday, 24 October 2019

A fairly calm and collected day today. The westerly winds did not exactly provide and migration spectacles. The star bird was a Glaucous Gull that was seen over the land on the West Coast before flying north out of sight.

Starlings also reached some stellar numbers today, a flock of around 300 was moving around the island all day! The Passage migrants were not totally cut off by the wind direction, 77 Skylarks were recorded flying over along with: 14 Chaffinches, three Greenfinches, eight Linnets, eight Goldfinches, 11 Siskins, two White Wagtail and 17 Redwings.

At least one Merlin continues to stalk the coastline, on the look-out for tired migrants to pick off. Today, two Sparrowhawks, one Buzzards and two Peregrines made up the bird of prey numbers.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Today was a pretty good day weather wise. Clouds moved over the island in the south westerly breeze as if someone was holding down the fast forward button giving some stunning views and it stayed dry.

Birds on the other hand were not so much of note. The most notable things seen were a Firecrest at Nant, and two Whimbrel on the narrows, a bird normally prominent here but one hasn't been heard or seen for a few days now.  finches again were present but in small numbers with seven Goldfinches, 12 Siskins and 20 Chaffinches.

Other birds included 19 Goldcrests, four Redwing, three Song Thrush, 14 Robin, eight Skylarks, 40 Black-headed Gulls, 32 Turnstones, eight Redshanks, two Whimbrel, singles of Buzzard and Peregrine, and two Common Scoter.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A bit quieter today, the winds turned south-westerly which put something of a halt to the migration witnessed over the last couple of days.

The highlight of the day came quite late when three Yellow-browed Warblers were heard singing in the garden at Cristin, two of which were caught duly after!
Yellow-browed Warbler
The contrast compared to yesterday is dramatic, throughout the day only six Chaffinches and three Siskins were recorded. Redwings dropped off too, after 244 yesterday, the change in winds brought the total down to a measly eight birds!

Passerine totals today include: 14 Meadow Pipits, 15 Rock Pipits, one Pied Wagtail, two White Wagtails, one Ring Ouzel, eight Fieldfares, eight Redwings, three Song Thrushes and 17 Goldcrests.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Another productive day for migrants. The north-easterlies continued which brought more finches and thrushes to the island.
So far, four Greenfinches have been caught at Cristin which is reasonably high considering that only one was caught last year.
Female Greenfinch caught in Cristin garden
Totals for the day include: 236 Starlings, 215 Chaffinches, 28 Brambling, nine Greenfinches, 42 Siskins, 31 Goldfinches, nine Lesser Redpolls, 603 Jackdaws, 45 Rooks, 49 Carrion Crows, 244 Redwings, 23 Song Thrushes and a whopping 319 Fieldfares.
Young male Sparrowhawk at Cristin
Brambling caught at Cristin
Probable continental Robin at Cristin

Sunday, 20 October 2019

This was a day for autumn migration, the winds have swept round from a southerly to a 15mph north-easterly, and as if someone had turned the tap on, birds began to appear. The biggest differences were in the finch and thrush numbers, all of a sudden days went from a handful of finches to the 1484 Chaffinches that were recorded today. The coniferous trees in Cristin garden were alive with Greenfinches, Siskins, Goldfinches and Bramblings. Redwings flew over throughout the morning, Fieldfares were also 'chacking' in the morning as they moved in small flocks over the island.

Other nice bonus birds were one Hooded Crow, ten Long-tailed Tits, one Coal Tit, five Mistle Thrushes, one Ring Ouzel and a Treecreeper! With the addition of these two thrushes, Bardsey had records of all the northern Europe thrush species.

Today's migration totals: one Woodcock, 1187 Black-headed Gulls, 558 Razorbills, one Collared Dove, 63 Skylarks, 71 Meadow Pipits, 26 Robins, 17 Blackbirds, 14 Fieldfares, 17 Song Thrushes, 158 Redwings, five Mistle Thrushes, one Ring Ouzel, one Yellow-browed Warbler, 26 Goldcrests, 184 Jackdaw, 67 Carrion Crows, 373 Starlings, 20 Bramblings, 22 Greenfinches, 189 Siskins, 124 Goldfinches and four Reed Buntings.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Today the wind switched around to the north. This meant we got less rain than we had been getting, birds started to move through but there was more of a chill in the air giving a real late autumn or even winter feel.

Some of the highlights of the day included a small flock of Twite heard briefly in the lowlands, this is a year tick and a reasonable good bird on Bardsey. Other good birds included four Woodcock being flushed from various areas around the island, six Little Gulls seen heading south down the west coast over doubled our year total of this species and our first tit species for a while was seen and heard in the garden at Cristin, a Coal Tit.

One of the main changes felt today was the increase in thrushes and finches. Numbers included 43 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 17 Chaffinch, 89 Redwings, and eight Song Thrush. These numbers are a huge increase on what we have been getting and is a sign of the season progressing. More numbers seen in various places included 22 Starlings, 40 Goldcrests, four Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, a late Wheatear that was scrutinised, 17 Stonechats, 34 Robins, a single Grey Wagtail, 36 and 26 each of Rock Pipit and Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylarks, three Mediterranean Gulls, five Wigeon, and singles of Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Waders on the beach included 38 Turnstones and 22 Redshank.


Friday, 18 October 2019

Another rainy day, which, along with the 20mph southerly wind, made birding quite hard going. Signs of autumn came in the form of two Redwings and two Siskins. Each day flocks of Starlings are now seen around the island, with 40 recorded today.

A nice addition was an early morning Barn Owl that was seen in the dim light of the morning by one of the guests flying over and around Cristin, they roost in a box up the track at Nant.

Other birds around include: four Chiffchaffs, one Blackcap, one Song Thrush, 22 Goldcrests and 18 Goldfinches.
Roosting Oystercatchers on Henllwyn

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Once again the rain poured today. after a spell of dry weather throughout the summer and into the autumn we were praying for rain, we are wishing we hadn't been!

Time in the field was limited today and the main bulk of it was spent entering ringing data into IPMR and getting on with the end of year report work. Numbers mostly came from the narrows in the morning, Gareth moving around some sea weed enticed some gulls to come and feed along with some waders too. Some 150 Herring Gulls were seen feeding in the surf and on the beach including individuals of all ages. A hand full of Lesser Black-backed Gulls joined the group as well as a least 15 Black-headed Gulls too. Turnstones were feeding in the disturbed seaweed with around 25 on the beach and Redshanks numbered six. Elsewhere there were a handful of Goldcrests at the observatory and at nant, two Song Thrush were still at nant, a Merlin was seen at plas and on the south end, a small Starling flock of 20 birds were mobile around the island and finches included just a few Chaffinches with five each of Goldfinch and Siskin at the plantation.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Too windy to open the nets this morning, but by no means a bad weather day. Movement was recorded around the island, a walk up to the plantation yields Redwings (27 recorded) and Siskins (6 recorded). Out to sea, 419 Black-headed Gulls, 39 Common Gulls, 432 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 447 Kittiwakes, one Pomarine Skua, one Great Skua, one Great Northern Diver one Sooty Shearwater and 28 Mediterranean Gulls were recorded.

More land birds include one first for the year which came as a double, with two Woodcocks that were seen at Cristin and in the Withies. A Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and a Lapwing were also recorded. For the second day in a row, a Woodlark was heard over the farm but was not seen today, unfortunately. 36 Rock Pipits were recorded today and some of our darvic ringed birds have remained so far, keep a look out for white darvics with black letters.
Rock Pipit on Solfach with the darvic
the ring 'AAP' can then be read in the field 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A gap in the weather meant for more migration today! Some of the strongest Skylark passage for many year was noted during the morning with over 788 birds flying over, with 646 of them passing over the south end of the island, amongst the larks was a single Woodlark  at Ty Pellaf quite rarely in the day. 

One of the many hundreds of Skylarks

There were also 495 Meadow Pipits flew south, along with two Richard's Pipits over South End. Rock Pipit numbers increased with up to 37, including two migrating south off the South End. 
Meadow Pipit
Migrating Rock Pipit

There were two Ring Ouzels on the mountain, and 31 Redwings and 15 Song Thrushes were logged. 

Ring Ouzel

There were also a good number of finches moving, with 142 Siskins around the Plantation and the Observatory, and 144 Chaffinches counted. There were also 64 Goldfinches and 67 Linnets. The first real corvid passage was noted too, with Crow, Rook and Jackdaws numbering 54,54 and 44 respectively.  

Over the course of the last week, a walk around the island would produce Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs, but now it really feels like some variation is arriving!  It really feels like autumn has arrived now. 
Merlin close encounter
Photo: Lewis Hooper
There were many notable birds today but the highlights of the day had to go to nineTufted Ducks which are less than annual on Bardsey and two female House Sparrows, the 2nd and 3rd of the year. 

Monday, 14 October 2019

The calm weather today meant that ringing was possible for the first time in a week! The break in the weather also meant that the variety of species shot up in comparison to the last seven days or so. There were more finches in particular, including: 98 Chaffinches, one Brambling, two Greenfinches, 11 Siskins, one Goldfinch, one Crossbill, 27 Linnets and one Lesser Redpoll.

A seawatch produced: 435 Black-headed Gulls, 23 Common Gulls, 279 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 156 Herring Gulls, 225 Kittiwakes and 40 Razorbills.

Skylarks could be heard and seen passing overhead throughout the day, and a total count of 145 was recorded, along with 138 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, three White Wagtails, 12 Redwings, ten Song Thrushes, three Ring Ouzels and a Swallow
Ring Ouzel
Birds of the day  have to be a Wryneck outside Carreg Bach, four Lapland Buntings! All in all a pretty good day, and it's about time some movement got underway.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Today the rain poured....and poured....and poured even harder from 5am until 1pm. It rained so much there was rivers flowing down every slope and even into the warden's house! Luckily it did clear up and turned into a reasonably nice evening.

During the rain everyone was cooped up inside but the garden was alive with Chaffinches, 60 at least calling away as well as a single Crossbill heard calling briefly and five Redwings.

Once the staff managed to get out it was clear some things had been grounded in the weather with a very good count of 20 Blackcaps in various spots. Other highlights included a Yellow-browed Warbler in Plas Withy along with a late Willow Warbler too. Two Barn Owls seen by the new Trust Wardens in the evening was also a good island record and the starlings that has been non-existent up until now came in number with a day count of 263. Our first Jack Snipe of the autumn was flushed from some wet grass (all the grass was wet after the amount of rain we had!) and birds of prey were of note with a single Merlin and two each of Sparrowhawk and Peregrine.

Other counts of note from half a day’s birding included three Little Owls, four Goldfinches, 29 Magpies feeding on seaweed, 45 Goldcrests, ten Chiffchaffs, four Song Thrushes, 18 Robins, five Skylarks, 14 Turnstones, and four Common Snipes.

Record shot of the Yellow-browed Warbler

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Today the weather was much calmer than it has been and we even saw the sun for a length of time during the day.

Birds were on the move in the morning however with it being change over day full advantage could not be taken of this but some counts of birds over the observatory as well as a few counts from some guests staying on who were out included 42 Skylarks, six Song Thrush four Jackdaw, an impressive 11 Raven over the mountain, two Greenfinch, a rare bird this year, 15 Siskins, 16 Goldfinch and the highlights a Lapland Bunting and our First Snow Bunting seen flying though the narrows.

Soon enough the new guests were settled in and everyone was in the field, highlights included a Crossbill over the farm and a Firecrest at nant. Birds of prey put in a good showing with two Sparrowhawks, and two Peregrines as well as single of Merlin and Kestrel. More counts included a single Grey Heron still, three Common Scoter, three Snipe, 64 Curlews, a single Great Skua, 18 Mediterranean Gulls, three Sandwich Terns, two late Swallows, 77 Meadow Pipits, 39 Rock Pipits, a single Grey Wagtail, 14 Robins, eight Chiffchaffs, 34 Goldcrests and a increase to 25 Choughs


Friday, 11 October 2019

Today was fairly windy from the west again and with a few showers through the day.

Some showers in the morning kept people in but with a scope out the window a Great Northern Diver was picked up heading south past the west coast. Throughout the day Skylarks were on the move with a total of 53, Meadow Pipits numbered 32 and they were also seen to be moving with some individuals seen coming in off the sea.Wader numbers had increased a little and some more variation was welcome with a single Sanderling the first for a while along with two Purple Sandpipers, a single Dunlin and Snipe, five Golden Plovers, ten Redshank and a good count of 47 Turnstones. Some gull passage offshore included 11 Black-headed Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls and 62 Herring Gulls

Other interesting totals included some finches: 97 Linnets, 16 Goldfinch, six Siskin and six Chaffinch. Chough were up to 18, there were 14 Stonechats, 25 Robins, 27 Rock Pipits, and single of Kestrel, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.   

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Another day of strong westerly winds, there felt to be ever so slightly more movement around the island though. A flock of 20 Goldfinches was recorded at Nant and Cristin and few small flocks of Meadow Pipits were around the grassy areas on the island, yet only 36 were recorded, so they are in modest numbers during this time of year. A Lapland Bunting was the highlight of the day, seen briefly on the West Coast.
Linnets on the roof
Other birds around include: 15 Robins, one Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, five Goldcrests, four, Chaffinches, one Siskin, one Skylark, four Pomarine Skuas, three Great Skuas, one Long-tailed Skua, one Arctic Skua, 42 Curlews, one Golden Plover, one Kestrel, one Sparrowhawk, 25 Mallards, one Grey Heron and 12 Manx Shearwaters.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Today was a much continuing theme of how the week has been. The wind blew from the south west and there was showers throughout the day.

In avian news, little had changed. The Golden Plover was still on the south end of the island, Kittiwakes were present off the coast with over 100 off the south end and more passing the west coast throughout the day. Wheatears were present too with seven in all around the island, a reasonable number for this time of year, and although the Linnets seem to have disappeared Goldfinches have started to move in in small numbers. 

In the evening everyone on the island (23 people) were invited up to Cristen for a big curry night. It was a nice social event, getting everyone together not long before the end of the season. One of the best things about island life is the community feel, people will help each other at the drop of a hat and with no questions asked and you see a kind of generosity that is lost in most larger communities and city's. It was a huge success with everyone full to the brim with curry, various pudding and of course various drinks to wash it all down.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Today was nicer than the forecast was predicting, Bardsey still experienced a rather brisk westerly, but the sun was out for most of the day... Except for one short, sharp downpour in the early evening!

The birds were quiet today, these winds don't appear to be favouring the migrants very much. Goldcrest and Chiffchaff numbers were a bit lower than previous days with just 13 of the former and nine of the latter.
Robin in the Wetlands

Seawatches throughout the day produced: 347 Kittiwakes, one Arctic Tern, 11 Sandwich Terns, one Great Skua, two Artic Skuas, one Pomarine Skua, seven Common Scoters, 319 Gannets, two Manx Shearwaters and a Fulmar.

Shag at South End

Wader passage is coming to an end, on and around Solfach today were ten Turnstones and 24 Oystercatchers, but on South End 55 Curlews were recorded and three Snipes in the Lowlands.
A Magpie hitching a ride

Monday, 7 October 2019

Today the rain poured in the mourning and the wind blew all day, not the nicest weather to be out birding.

The day was filled with office work and chipping the recently cut withy beds in the lowlands and wetlands. The few birds seen consisted of two new Starlings in, still a single Firecrest at the observatory with 18 Goldcrests around the island, 10 late House Martins and two Swallows, a Flock of 25 Black-headed Gulls that had one o the three Mediterranean Gulls of the day in with them, singles of Great Skua and Pomarine Skua offshore,  Singles of Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Merlin, a single female Wigeon still, and perhaps the bird of the day a Lapwing around the narrows. This species was a former breeder but due to the change in land use over the years it has since gone and is now a fairly scarce site limited to the spring and autumn/winter. 

The wind seem to have no let off at the moment but who know what us to come....

Seals are still pupping with over 40 now on the island including twins (!!) which is a first record for Bardsey

Sunday, 6 October 2019

A 25mph north westerly swept Bardsey today, but the sun did come out in the. A brief morning seawatch produced: 110 Gannets, two Common Scoters, two Arctic Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, one Great Skua, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 33 Black-headed Gulls, 469 Kittiwakes, three Arctic Terns and 414 Razorbills.

Pied Wagtails

Some variety came in the form of Common Gull which was seen on the West Coast, two Sand Martins at North End and two Little Owls around Carreg Bach. Other than that it was really just business as usual. Each night Redwings can be heard passing over, but only a couple have actually been seen on the ground this autumn.
Sparrowhawk in Nant Valley

Goldcrest and Chiffchaff numbers took a dive today, this is most likely just due to the weather making them harder to record. Today just 15 Chiffchaffs and 25 Goldcrests, a third of what was recored yesterday.

Other birds around include: 26 Goldfinches, 10 Chaffinches, one Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, 20 Stonechats, three Wheatears, 17 Robins, 55 Curlews and 22 Rock Pipits.
Grey Seal pup on Solfach

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Today was yet another change over day that didn't go ahead as planned and so the guests were here another day, whether they liked it or not. The day was generally overcast with a medium strength south easterly wind and intermittent showers throughout falling most heavily in the evening.

A few birds seemed to be on the move with finches including eight Siskins and 39 Chaffinches being increases, two Reed Buntings were heard going over Pen Cristen in the morning along with four Grey Wagtails and nine Skylarks. At nant there seemed to be more smaller birds around too with good counts of two Firecrests, 82 Goldcrests, 40 Chiffchaffs plus in the evening a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Birds of note elsewhere included our first three Redwings of the auutumn, two Song Thrush, 26 Robins, 12 Dunnocks, 38 Rock Pipits, 87 Meadow Pipits, a single Great and Pomarine Skua, 40 Turnstones, singles of Snipe and Golden Plover, two Merlins still, two Sparrowhawks and a female Wigeon.

Golden Plover that has been staying on the south end 

Firecrest at nant