Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A decidedly chilly day of northerly winds brought a selection of birds to the island including some more scarce wildfowl. A flock of eight Scaups flew close past the north hide, followed a short time later by a White-fronted Goose. A Red-breasted Merganser was swimming in Henllwyn in the afternoon and a Wigeon and nine Common Scoters passed by. A Twite was seen on the Narrows with a small flock of Linnets, a House Sparrow paid a brief visit to the observatory back garden, a Lapland Bunting flew overhead and the two Snow Buntings were still present. Birds of prey have been very active in recent days, with today’s selection including a Hen Harrier, two Merlins, three Sparrowhawks, three Kestrels, a Buzzard and a Barn Owl. An adult Pomarine Skua and a Little Gull flew past the west coast, a Golden Plover and a Lapwing were seen and passerine counts included 38 Skylarks, two Swallows, a Grey Wagtail, a Mistle Thrush, seven Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests, eight Blue Tits, four Great Tits, 322 Starlings, 76 Chaffinches, 28 Bramblings, 42 Greenfinches, 22 Siskins, 30 Goldfinches, 29 Redpolls and seven Reed Buntings.

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