Sunday, 10 May 2009

An unexpected influx of 110 Lesser Redpolls and reasonable numbers of other migrants, coupled with calm weather, prompted the opening of the Cristin mist nets once the early morning drizzle had subsided. 37 of the Lesser Redpolls were trapped, as well as a male Common Redpoll that was with them. Redpolls were not the only finches on the move: 58 European Goldfinches, nine Eurasian Siskins and two migrant Chaffinches also passed through during the day. Summer warblers had also arrived in much greater volume than in recent days, and 57 Sedge Warblers, 21 Common Whitethroats, 17 Blackcaps, five Garden Warblers, two Common Grasshopper Warblers, 24 Willow Warblers and 15 Common Chiffchaffs were counted. 13 Spotted Flycatchers were present, as well as a Tree Pipit, and 46 Northern Wheatears arrived in the afternoon. Over 500 Barn Swallows, 34 House Martins, 24 Sand Martins and five Common Swifts were logged moving through. Other species present included a Common Cuckoo, a Common Kestrel, a Collared Dove, six Dunlin, 11 Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers and the Black-tailed Godwit. A distant, unidentified Skua was seen off the south end.
Common Redpoll and Lesser Redpoll at Cristin 
10 May 2009 © Steven Stansfield 
Common Redpoll at Cristin 
10 May 2009 © Steven Stansfield

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