Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Calm in the morning provided a window of opportunity for pleasant birding, before forcefully gusting winds took over in the afternoon. A rather late Swallow was seen flying north over the island, and a Yellowhammer spent a few minutes at Nant before it too headed off to the north. 39 Jackdaws gathered around the abbey ruins, ten Teals appeared in Solfach and 39 Woodpigeons sheltering from the attentions of the local Peregrines – were lurking furtively in the plantation. The Siberian Chiffchaff remained at Cristin, and three other Chiffchaffs and three Blackcaps were also counted. A small arrival of finches comprised 80 Chaffinches, 30 Greenfinches, 26 Linnets, four Bramblings, three Redpolls, three Goldfinches and two Siskins, while a Bullfinch remained from earlier in the week. 1000 Starlings flew south, as did a Grey Wagtail; three Reed Buntings and 15 Skylarks were in the lowlands, a Black Redstart was at Ty Bach, a Great Northern Diver flew past the North End and a Woodcock and a Lapwing were also noted. Thrushes numbered 30 Blackbirds, 20 Redwings, eight Song Thrushes and eight Fieldfares.

The three Reed Bunting that were in the lowlands (c) Richard Brown

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