Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A calm and cloudless day produced a reasonable species list that included the first Twite and Black Redstart of the autumn. A Hen Harrier was seen quartering the mountainside and two Snow Buntings were on the South End. Thrushes and finches continued to arrive with totals of 39 Blackbirds, one Ring Ouzel, one Fieldfare, 51 Song Thrushes, 37 Redwings, four Mistle Thrushes, 140 Chaffinches, four Bramblings, 41 Greenfinches, 42 Siskins, 45 Goldfinches and 22 Redpolls. Goldcrests also increased in number to at least 66, while other passerines included 216 Skylarks, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, 11 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, nine Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 11 Blue Tits, one Coal Tit, eight Great Tits, 278 Starlings and a Reed Bunting. Eight Snipe were in the lowlands, a Lapwing, two Golden Plovers, a Collared Dove and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen and a Wigeon, five Mediterranean Gulls, two Little Gulls and a Sandwich Tern passed at sea.

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