Monday, 9 November 2009

A calm morning brought a very good selection of birds – more than was expected this late in the year. A Woodlark (a new bird for the island year-list) and two Lapland Buntings were found with 40 Skylarks in the arable fields and 25 Reed Buntings were counted flying south. Taking advantage of this rare spell of calm, the mist nets were opened at Cristin and a good selection of birds was caught for ringing including a Black Redstart, two Bullfinches, a Brambling, a Woodpigeon and – best, and most surprisingly, of all – a Wryneck. Four Red-breasted Mergansers alighted near Solfach alongside a pair of Shelducks, and three more Bullfinches were seen. Some reasonable numbers of winter migrants were present, including 3000 Starlings, 100 Chaffinches, 20 Greenfinches, 15 Goldfinches, 15 Linnets, three Redpolls, 10 Bramblings, four Siskins, 165 Woodpigeons, 60 Blackbirds, 25 Redwings, seven Song Thrushes, three Fieldfares and two Mistle Thrushes. Five Lapwings were on the coast, a couple of Mediterranean Gulls flew by at sea, a Woodcock and three more Black Redstarts ware found, and a Grey Wagtail flew overhead.

Woodlark (c) Richard Brown
Woodlark (c) Steve Stansfield
Poor picture, but the Alula and Primary Covert pattern can be seen.

Wryneck (c) Steve Stansfield

Starlings (c) Steven Stansfield

Choughs (c) Steven Stansfield

Brambling (c) Steven Stansfield

Black Redstart: top (c) Richard Brown, bottom (c) Steven Stansfield

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