Friday, 19 October 2012

With the wind finally dropping, there was a good passage of finches overhead during the morning, and a few more arrivals inland. A Marsh Harrier flew South east over Ty Pellaf in the morning, and a Firecrest was trapped and ringed in Cristin garden.
Overhead passage in the morning included 35 Skylarks, 75 Swallows, a House Martin, 81 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 340 Chaffinches, eight Bramblings, 217 Greenfinches, 15 Siskins, 131 Goldfinches and a Lesser Redpoll.
Other notable sightings inland included a probable Scandinavian Rock Pipit, a Greater-spotted Woodpecker, a Redstart, a Coal Tit and a Snow Bunting.

On the non-passerine front, two Red-throated Divers, a Great Skua, five Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Gull flew past at sea. A Golden Plover was seen around the narrows and two Water Rails were seen in the withies.
 Firecrest-the first to be trapped this year, and for that matter since autumn 2010
Either the third or the fourth Marsh Harrier of the year

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