Sunday, 24 October 2010

Much greater numbers of birds arrived during a calm and very enjoyable morning. The most unusual species recorded were a couple of Short-eared Owls, three House Sparrows at Ty Pellaf, a Hooded Crow, a flock of six Ring Ouzels and a couple of Yellowhammers. A good passage of thrushes and finches took place during the morning, with counts coming to 155 Fieldfares, 46 Redwings, 22 Song Thrushes, 20 Blackbirds, two Mistle Thrushes, 800 Chaffinches, 75 Bramblings, 25 Siskins, 20 Greenfinches, nine Goldfinches and eight Redpolls. Corvids were also on the move, with a swirling flock of some 350 Jackdaws circling high above the island. 12 Long-tailed Tits appeared at Cristin, three Blue Tits were still present and another influx of Great Tits took the total on the island to 27. Numbers of other small migrants included 40 Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, a Wheatear, a Blackcap, six Chiffchaffs (one of which appeared to be of one of the eastern subspecies), eight Goldcrests, 400 Starlings, three Lapland Buntings, four Reed Buntings and the same two Snow Buntings. Other odds and ends included the first Shelduck for a few months, a Woodcock, two Herons, three Merlins, a Water Rail, three Mediterranean Gulls and two Little Gulls.

Finches moved through en masse today. The Brambling's hoarse call could be heard in most chaffinch flocks as they flew by. Brambling (top), Greenfinch(bottom) (c) Ben Porter
Ty Pellaf and Donogoch gardens are shaping up to be a particulary good spot for House Sparrows this autumn. Three more were seen there this morning. (c) Ben Porter
Merlin (c) Ben Porter
Short-eared Owl (c) Ben Porter

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