Tuesday, 30 November 2010

 November finished on a high note today as yet more birds were being pushed in from the ‘frozen’ mainland. By far the best bird of the day was a juvenile Common Rosefinch discovered in the heligoland trap in Cristin garden early in the afternoon; it was then trapped and ringed. The usual flocks of plovers seemed to appear out of the sky with counts now up to 38 Lapwings and 17 Golden Plovers feeding in the fields. Two Dunlin and four Ringed Plovers also fed with them. Two Little Egrets were found in Henllwyn and then flew up to Pencristin; three Grey Herons also added to the slight heron passage. Today’s wildfowl highlights were three Teals and a Shelduck in Solfach. Fourteen Snipe and two Jack Snipe were flushed up from the wetlands whilst the Firecrest was again in Plas Withie. A Brambling joined the Chaffinch flock at the north end.

This Common Rosefinch was a good find by assistant warden Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle.
Golden Plover numbers continue to increase every day, their fluty call being the first signs of their arrival.
One of the two Little Egrets seen today was found to have colour rings on it's legs, the origin of this bird is yet to be found.
Brambling. Pictures (c) Ben Porter


  1. Got any idea about other late records of Rosefinches? can't be many this late?

  2. There were two other records of Common Rosefinch in the last week in south Wales (Glamorgan and Pembs)