Friday, 30 September 2011

A fantastic day to finish off September: hundreds of passerines flew overhead during the morning and afternoon, whilst some scarcities were seen on land and out at sea. The highlights in terms of land-birds included the first Greater Spotted Woodpecker of the year trapped and ringed at the observatory, the second Wryneck of the year near Plas, a Pied Flycatcher at Nant, seven Crossbills overhead and a Lapland Bunting on the South end. A Balearic Shearwater, a Long-tailed Skua, three Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, a Little Gull, five Mediterranean Gulls, 21 Common Gulls, seven Common Terns and six Arctic Terns were seen off the coast among the feeding flocks of Black-headed Gulls and Kittiwakes during the day; a Dunlin and two Grey Herons were seen around the narrows.

Two Spotted Flycatchers and a Whinchat were new arrivals, whilst totals of other passerine-migrants both overhead and on the island amounted to: 19 Skylarks, 16 Sand Marins, 2234 Swallows, 472 House Martins, 501 Meadow Pipits, a 'flava' Wagtail, five Grey Wagtails, 24 White Wagtails, 43 alba Wagtails, 96 Chaffinches, two Siskins, 67 Goldfinches, 255 Linnets and two Lesser Redpolls. Two Sparrowhawks, two Kestrels and a Merlin were the only raptors of note seen.

 Common Gull

Black-headed Gull 

Mediterranean Gulls

 White Wagtail
 Meadow Pipit
 Common Crossbill
Grey Heron

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