Saturday, 26 September 2009

The selection and quantity of landbirds remained much the same and, once again, the most interesting bird was seen flying past the island at sea; namely the first Red-throated Diver of the autumn. A gathering of hirundines near Ty Pellaf contained 161 Swallows and four House Martins, a Collared Dove arrived, two Merlins were at the north end of the island and a Golden Plover was on the South End. Passerines were predominantly represented by birds lingering from the preceding day or two, but counts included one Redstart, two Spotted Flycatchers, seven Wheatears, six Grey Wagtails, four Blackcaps, four Whitethroats, 28 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, two Goldcrests, two Redpolls, three Siskins and 15 Goldfinches. A pod of 14 Harbour Porpoises was seen from Pen Cristin.


Wheatear
(c) Steve Stansfield

Spotted Flycatcher
(c) Steve Stansfield

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
(c) Steve Stansfield

Grey Wagtail
(c) Steve Stansfield

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