Thursday, 5 November 2009

Despite the promising forecast of perfect seawatching conditions for the morning – force eight north-westerly gales – the reality turned out to be disappointingly anticlimactic, with hardly any major passage of birds at all. Around 1000 assorted Razorbills and Guillemots headed south, along with 700 Kittiwakes, three Mediterranean Gulls, two Fulmars, a Manx Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver. 32 Purple Sandpipers were sheltering in Henllwyn, seven Snipes and a Woodcock were found, the two Black Redstarts were still present and counts of thrushes included 24 Redwings, 16 Fieldfares, 12 Blackbirds and ten Song Thrushes.

A Firecrest from the 10th of October. This bird seemingly snaps off a twig from the Willow before beating it against a branch. Has this bird gone crazy? Or has it just spotted the succulent caterpillar of an Early Thorn, overconfident in its cryptic posture? (c) Richard Brown

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