Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Another two days dominated by overcast skies saw some notable new arrivals on the 3rd. However, on the 2nd, there was very little around: a Woodcock was flushed from Ty Pellaf, three Fieldfares were present in the Hay Fields, and the Water Pipit remained on Solfach.
Two Bullfinches and a Black Redstart around Cristin were noteworthy migrants on the 3rd. The Bullfinches were incredibly the first records of the year, leaving a suspected cage bird in March aside. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the wetlands, whilst four Song Thrushes was an increase on recent days. A good number of Common Gulls were recorded around Solfach and off the North End, with a total of 60 seen amongst 350 Black-headed Gulls.

The portable Heligoland was set up on Solfach on Sunday. Most of the birds on the beach are now very much accustomed to it, with Choughs, Rock Pipits and Robins all feeding actually within the catching area! Five Rock Pipits were trapped and colour-ringed yesterday, whilst two Choughs were trapped today, along with a Starling.

 The portable Heligoland with at least nine Choughs feeding inside!
 One of the two un-ringed Choughs which were trapped, ringed, and given nice new colour-rings
Juvenile Chough, with duller, slightly brown primaries, secondaries and coverts.

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