Sunday, 12 December 2010

A slight improvement was seen bird-wise today on what turned out to be a very pleasant and sunny day. The main highlights of the morning included a couple Great northern Divers at sea and a Lapland Bunting heading south over the narrows. A few finches flew south during the morning as well; A Brambling, fifty Linnets and a couple Siskins were seen. More thrushes were scattered around with counts coming to: nine Blackbirds, two Fieldfares, 33 Song Thrushes, twelve Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. Fourteen Snipe and two Jack Snipe fed in the Wetlands.

One Ringed Plover continues to feed on Solfach with the usual Turnstones.
Of the larger thrushes seen today, a Mistle Thrush(upper) and two Fieldfares(lower) fed mainly in the Donogoch fields.
A male Pied Wagtail continues to feed on Solfach with the Rock Pipits; it has been here over a month now.
Peregrine Falcons are constantly on the look-out for prey. The odd Lapwing has been taken in the last week due to the cold temperatures making them weaker. Pictures (c) Ben Porter.

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