Saturday, 20 November 2010

A steady stream of passerines passed south over the south end during the course of the morning on what was another pleasant day's birding.The highlights of the day were a Snow Bunting on the south end, a Short eared Owl on the maritime heath and a ringed Firecrest in Plas Withie. The counts of fly overs in the morning came to: 42 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, three Greenfinches, 17 Linnets, four Goldfinches, two Siskins, a Reed Bunting, a Lapland Bunting, 14 Rooks and 21 Carrion Crows. A sizeable feeding flock of gulls to the east of the south end consisted of: 280 Black headed Gulls, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 9 Common Gulls and 135 Kittiwakes. A Red throated Diver, two Common Scoters and 820 Razorbills also passed by during the course of the day. Other birds that had turned up during the night of strong easterlies included a flock of 61 Woodpigeons in the plantation, a male Blackcap at Nant and a Dunlin on Solfach. Hundreds of Starlings piled in off the sea with the count at the end of the day coming to at least 4000 individuals.

Short eared Owl. (c) Ben Porter
Firecrest. (c) Ben Porter
A flock of Wood Pigeons had arrived during the night. (c) Ben Porter
Thousands of Starlings were around today, these made easy targets for the birds of prey....
Several were ambushed, this one by a Sparrowhawk. (c) Ben Porter
A few more thrushes were also around today with 8 Song Thrushes, three Redwings and 19 Blackbirds(above) seen by the afternoon. 

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