Saturday, 31 October 2009

The last visitors of the season departed during a short window of relatively calm weather, leaving just observatory staff and the few other residents on the island. Not many birds were around, although the Richard’s Pipit was still in the arable fields and four Black Redstarts remained. An Eider alighted on the sea by Carreg yr Honwy and a Golden Plover was seen flying over the Narrows. Three Snipes were found in the lowlands, the finch flock at Nant contained around 210 Chaffinches and 90 Greenfinches, and thrush numbers had fallen to 16 Blackbirds, eight Redwings and four Song Thrushes. Other birds lingering from earlier in the week included a Reed Bunting, three Great Tits, a Blue Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The third Black Redstart to be ringed this year (c) Richard Brown

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