Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A fantastic day with low cloud cover and almost no wind saw an excellent variety of species (totalling 80) recorded during a long day in the field. The day started off when a pipit with a very short buzzy call was flushed from Cristin garden, and was seen twice more in the space of two hours over the observatory. Unfortunately the bird never showed itself on the ground but was probably an Olive-backed Pipit. The second rarest bird of the day was a Little Bunting seen in the withies mid-morning, although the bird only showed twice.

The other most noteworthy species seen during the day included a Long-eared Owl at Cristin, a Short-eared Owl, a Richard's Pipit, five Black Redstarts, a Redstart, two Ring Ouzels, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest, a Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting.

Good numbers of thrushes saw 86 Blackbirds, 33 Fieldfares, 43 Song Thrushes, 258 Redwings and a Mistle Thrush scattered around, whilst singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Woodcock and Great Northern Diver were also recorded.

 This stunning Long-eared Owl was flushed to the North of Cristin and managed to find its way into the only net open at the time
 The Lesser Whitethroat possibly showed some characteristics of Asian origins

Two Yellow-browed Warblers were trapped during the day
As was this abietinus Chiffchaff (right), alongside a Common Chiffchaff in this image (left)
Black Redstart

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