Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A handful of new arrivals were recorded on another stunning autumn's day. These comprised a smart male Common Redstart, trapped and ringed in Cristin garden; a smart Ring Ouzel, which managed to escape out of an open mist net in Cristin Withy; a Crossbill, one Lesser Redpoll and three Tree Pipits overhead, tagging along with some 170 Meadow Pipits; and a good total of 28 Chiffchaffs, along with five Spotted Flycatchers. Out to sea, two Mediterranean Gulls flew by in the early hours, whilst nine Purple Sandpipers were amongst a flock of 47 Turnstones around the Narrows.

It was another good day for butterflies, with the continued movement of Red Admirals now amounting to several hundred individuals every day at the moment. In addition to this movement, several Small Whites were seen in various locations, whilst the first Speckled Wood of the year was found around Nant.

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The view from the new 'vis mig' bench above the obs back garden. A good spot for picking out flocks of Meadow Pipits and Swallows heading south, as well as the odd Grey Wagtail or Skylark. Today's highlights from the bench included the Crossbill and a Lesser Redpoll
The first winter male Redstart
Small numbers of Wheatears have been moving along the coast recently, and some have been quite smart indeed
Pink-barred Sallow 
Feathered Ranunculus

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