Friday, 27 September 2013

The largest movement of migrants today consisted of Chiffchaffs: every garden and gorse bush bore one of these small warblers during the day, with a general movement of birds from the North to the South and East. A total of 250 were recorded during the day, although this is probably an underestimate due to the number actually arriving and moving on.

There was plenty of other visible migration to be had, with three Lapland Buntings flying overhead in the morning, along with 23 Skylarks, 350 Meadow Pipits, 10 Grey Wagtails and Reed Buntings.

Two Yellow-browed Warblers had arrived at Nant, although were only present in the early hours. The first Firecrest of the Autumn managed to find its way into a mist net at Cristin. Other warblers and flycatchers around included: four Whitethroats, five Grasshopper Warblers, a Reed Warbler, four Blackcaps, six Willow Warblers, 12 Goldcrests and seven  Spotted Flycatchers.

The Siberian Stonechat remained in Traeth Ffynnon, along with two Whinchats. Six Greenland-race Wheatears were present around the coast.

Out to sea, a single Pintail flew past, along with 15 Wigeons, two Common Scoters, a Mediterranean Gull and an Arctic Skua.

 Siberian Stonechat

Whinchat with a rather large snack

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