Friday, 6 November 2009

A welcome, although short-lived, fall in the wind speed opened the floodgates for a wave of migrants to surge forward during the morning. Finches in particular took the opportunity to make southward progress, with 320 Chaffinches, 47 Greenfinches, 25 Siskin, 25 Goldfinches, nine Bramblings and a Redpoll counted flying overhead, and a male Bullfinch discovered at Ty Pellaf. A lot more thrushes had arrived during the night, and counts included 70 Blackbirds, 45 Redwings, 35 Song Thrushes, six Fieldfares and three Mistle Thrushes. A flock of 250 Woodpigeons flew very high over the island, attracting the predatory attention of the resident Peregrines, while a further 38 Woodpigeons took refuge in the plantation. Black Redstarts seemed to arrive later in the day; five appearing along the main track were in addition to the two lingering birds on Henllwyn. A Great Skua and a Mediterranean Gull passed by off the west coast, the Bar-tailed Godwit was seen again, four Reed Buntings were counted, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker and five Great Tits were still present.

Merlin (c) Richard Brown

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