Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Midway through BBFO's final guest week of the season and there's still decent movements of birds to seen. One Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at Plas before disappearing onto the Mountainside, whilst three Firecrests were recorded around the island, including one trapped and ringed at Cristin.

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It was a glorious day on the island with some great clouds moving west during the day.

Waders were represented by three Snipes, one Woodcock, two Whimbrels, 11 Redshanks, and five Turnstones whilst other migrants inland and overhead include two Sparrowhawks, one Kestrel, one Merlin, two Water Rails, and a Short-eared Owl, 45 Skylarks, 89 Meadow Pipits, 33 Rock Pipits, three Pied Wagtails, 56 Blackbirds, 16 Fieldfares, 14 Song Thrushes, nine Redwings, five Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff, 40 Goldcrests, three Coal Tits, five Blue Tits, nine Great Tits, 26 Choughs, 351 Jackdaws, ten Rooks, 63 Carrion Crows, one Hooded Crow, 1055 Starlings, 524 Chaffinches, 17 Bramblings, 11 Greenfinches, 24 Siskins, 41 Goldfinches, 19 Linnets, one Lesser Redpoll, and 13 Reed Buntings.

It was a good day for studying Bramblings
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A very nice first-year male (note the pointed tail feathers and un-moulted outer greater covert)
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First-year female (again note the pointed tail feathers)
An adult male (harder to see, but this bird has rounder tipped tail feathers)
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and this adult female (again with round and broad tail feathers)

Sea passage amounted to one Great Northern Diver, 73 Gannets, 48 Common Scoters, one Great Skua, six Mediterranean Gulls, 265 Black-headed Gulls, 29 Common Gulls, 1100 Kittiwakes, and 800 Razorbills

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Three Firecrests were seen including this lovely female 

A minimum of 340 Jackdaws were seen today, during the annual 'en masse' arrival of Jackdaws in late October. 
Magpies and Carrion Crows are feeding on the sacrificial crops that are still standing.

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