Sunday, 14 October 2012

 An excellent day with calm winds saw a good scattering of scarcities on the island, as well as a slightly rarer addition to the year list. A smart Radde's Warbler was trapped by Jo Jones and Ian Wright in the afternoon in the New Plantation. This is only the fifth record for the island, following the last records of two in 2006. Elsewhere on the bird front, the most noteworthy sightings included the brief reappearance of the Citrine Wagtail on Solfach, the year's first Richard's Pipit on the South end, a Yellow-browed Warbler in Ty-Pellaf Withy, four Ring Ouzels on the mountain, three Lapland Buntings and a Snow Bunting overhead and a Mistle Thrush at Nant.

Common migrants were seen in reasonable numbers during the day: 23 Blackbirds, 20 Song Thrushes, eight Redwings, seven Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and 83 Goldcrests were seen in the island's gardens and withies. Overhead, visible migration numbers amounted to 16 Skylarks, 137 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 17 Greenfinches, 40 Goldfinches, two Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting.

Radde's Warbler
 Three lapland Buntings were seen (poor pic, sorry)
and at least one Yellow-browed Warbler
83 Goldcrests were scattering around

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