Thursday, 14 October 2010

The continuing calm weather provided suitable conditions for mass diurnal passage during the morning and large numbers of birds were counted flying high overhead. 1768 Chaffinches passed through in numerous large flocks, as well as four Bramblings, 21 Greenfinches, 47 Siskins, 70 Goldfinches, 17 Redpolls and 1710 Starlings. Thrushes also continued to arrive, with 165 Redwings, 32 Song Thrushes, 24 Blackbirds and 13 Fieldfares logged. The first Jacksnipe of the autumn was on the mountainside and a drake Pochard – quite a rarity in Bardsey terms – joined the resident Mallards near Solfach. A Wigeon and a Teal were also seen, the two Snow Buntings and the Barn Owl were still present and 14 Mediterranean Gulls were in the offshore feeding flock. Other migrants included a Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Whinchat, five Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 25 Goldcrests, six Blue Tits, two Great Tits, a Long-tailed Tit and two Reed Buntings.

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