Sunday, 21 November 2010

The wind turned to the north-east during the night and as well as bringing some birds, it also brought the cold with it. A fairly productive early sea-watch compromised of a Red breasted Merganser, 12 Eider Ducks, a late Balearic Shearwater, a Common Scoter and 760 Razorbills flying past the south point. Though the gull flock, now up to at least 3000 individuals was still off the south end, they were just too far east to pick anything decent out; 390 Black headed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Common Gulls and 210 Kittiwakes fed in the closer feeding flocks off the coast. The other main highlights of the day included two Snow Buntings, a Lapland Bunting on the mountain and a Ring Ouzel and two Bullfinches in Cristin garden. A mixture of thrushes were feeding in the wetlands, a few more were also dotted around; twelve Song Thrushes, eleven Redwings, eighteen Blackbirds and six Fieldfare had arrived during the night. The morning passerine movement consisted of: 12 Meadow Pipits, a Pied Wagtail, 34 Chaffinches, two Greenfinches, seven Goldfinches, three Linnets, two Siskins and a Reed Bunting with a slight corvid passage of 12 Carrion Crows, a Rook, four Jackdaws and a couple Ravens

Fieldfare. (c) Ben Porter
The mixture; around 46 Oystercatchers, 20 Redshanks and 50 Curlews seems to be the main composition of waders seen at the moment.(c) Ben Porter

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