Monday, 26 September 2011

A cool, sunny autumn's day saw plenty of migrants flying overhead, although nothing rare was among them (yet again). A Whinchat near the Schoolhouse and a Reed Warbler trapped in Cristin were the most noteworthy passerines around, although a slight increase in the number of warblers around saw a Whitethroat in Ty Pellaf garden, five Blackcaps at nant, four Willow Warblers in the withies and at Cristin, and 11 Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrests scattered all over the island. Other passerine-migrants around included 25 Skylarks, a Sand Martins, 139 Swallows, a House Martins, 291 Meadow Pipits, a 'flava' Wagtail, eight Grey Wagtails, 28 Pied Wagtails, 24 White Wagtails, 120 'alba' Wagtails, 28 Wheatears, three Starlings, 73 Chaffinches, six Siskins, eight Goldfinches and 11 Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches. An incredible 52 Ravens circled the mountain in the morning, whilst raptors seen during the day included two Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Merlin.
A first winter Mediterranean Gull was among a small flock of gulls in Henllwyn; three Purple Sandpipers, a Dunlin, three Bar-tailed Godwits and three Whimbrels were also around the narrows. A Leach's Petrel was trapped and ringed at the lighthouse overnight as the weather conditions were...atrocious!. 

 Reed Warbler at Cristin
 Meadow Pipit at Ty Pellaf
 Leach's Petrel attracted to the lighthouse is the 76th species to be ringed this year after the Bonelli's warbler was no 75, a whole 26 long days ago!

 Several of the Wheatears arrived and many of them including the two birds above were rather approachable

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