Friday, 30 October 2009

A quiet day in comparison with the preceding one still saw a few notable birds arrive. A Richard’s Pipit in the North West Fields was initially presumed to be the same one as the previous day, but close scrutiny of photographs revealed some small differences in plumage that proved it to be another new bird. 35 Fieldfares flew south early in the day, and a sizable northwards movement of Woodpigeons, involving some 182 individuals, took place throughout the morning. Very few finches were noted heading south overhead, but 379 Chaffinches, 82 Greenfinches, 15 Goldfinches, four Siskins and a Brambling were around the sunflower field at the chapel. A Ringed Plover and a Lapwing flew over the South End, a Woodcock was hiding in the arable fields and three Little Gulls were feeding off Maen Du. 45 Blackbirds, 50 Redwings and 17 Song Thrushes were found around the island, while a count of 510 Starlings seemed slightly paltry by recent standards. A Manx Shearwater flew past the north hide, three Reed Buntings were seen and a Great Spotted Woodpecker and three Great Tits remained.

Richard's Pipit. This is a first year bird which has replaced six median coverts along with three greater coverts. (c) Richard Brown

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