Friday, 4 November 2011

The first Red-breasted Flycatcher since Spring 2007 was discovered at the Plantation mid-morning, and shortly after being found was trapped and ringed; the bird then remained in the Plantation for the rest of the day.

Things livened up a bit on the rest of the bird front too: a Lapland Bunting flew over Cafn, a Short-eared Owl was seen on the mountain, three Bullfinches were seen at Nant, five Reed Buntings were in the wetlands and a Mediterranean Gull flew past the narrows with 15 Common Scoters. Three Willow Warblers in Plas Withy and at Cristin are only a day earlier than the latest ever departure date; other warblers present included three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and 14 Goldcrests. Three Water Rails were calling in the withies, whilst thrush and finch-counts amounted to: 32 Blackbirds, six Song Thrushes, three Redwings, 90 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 13 Greenfinches, three Siskins, 17 Goldfinches, 45 Linnets and 14 Lesser Redpolls.

Red-breasted Flycatcher- a new species for the year 

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