Sunday, 21 October 2012

A fantastic day with light easterly winds and clear blue skies saw a good passage of birds overhead, plus some noteworthy species. An excellent selection of scarcities included singles of Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Long-eared Owl, Richard's Pipit, Woodlark, Yellow-browed Warbler and Snow Bunting, as well as three Firecrests, 15 Long-tailed Tits and two Greater-spotted Woodpeckers.

Overhead passage was dominated by finches, although a good number of other species also flew over: 230 Skylarks, 18 Swallows, 260 Jackdaws, 525 Starlings, 308 Chaffinches, 15 Bramblings, 148 Greenfinches, seven Lesser Redpolls and a Crossbill. An increase in thrush numbers saw three Fieldfares, 42 Blackbirds, 26 Song Thrushes, nine Redwings and a Mistle Thrush, whilst nine Great Tits had also arrived.

 Two Greater-spotted Woodpeckers - both females, but the upper bird having some crimson in its crown
 Like a scene from Hitchcock's Birds - 260 Jackdaws descended on Carreg
 Long-tailed Tit - 11 were ringed, some missed the nets!

Just two of the three Firecrests today - the upper male was ringed at Crsitin on Friday
 Hen Harrier-only around the third of the year
 Two Merlins were present...
 As were two Sparrowhawks
 The second Red Kite of the year (honest!)
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Good numbers of Greenfinches were ringed at Cristin during the morning (top), as well as the first Long-tailed Tits since 2010 (left). 86 bird were ringed in just three net rounds in the morning (above)

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