Sunday, 18 October 2009

The selection of birds on offer was somewhat less diverse than the previous day, with the most interesting sightings being seen out to sea. The first two Little Gulls of the autumn were the highlight, heading slowly south amid a mixed mêlée of 1280 Black-headed Gulls, 210 Kittiwakes, 66 Common Gulls and 12 Mediterranean Gulls. A couple of Black Redstarts – also the first of the autumn – had arrived by the afternoon and were easily the best of the new landbirds on offer. Two Firecrests were still at Nant, the Lesser Whitethroat remained at Ty Pellaf and 43 Blackbirds, 34 Redwings, four Fieldfares, five Song Thrushes, nine Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, three Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail, 130 Starlings, four Great Tits, a Blue Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were also counted. Finch numbers were down slightly, with just 30 Chaffinches, 22 Greenfinches, 14 Goldfinches and a Redpoll. A Red-throated Diver flew past at sea, a Woodcock was at Nant, a couple of Lapwings were on the west coast and four Snipes were near the withies.

A Yellow-line Quaker in the Cristin moth trap was only the second ever recorded on the island.

Black Redstart
(c) Steven Stansfield

(c) Steven Stansfield

Golfinches on a net pole!
(c) Steven Stansfield

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