Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The continuous wind finally subsided by the afternoon to reveal a decent selection of birds around. Rarest of the day was the brief Hawfinch that flew from Pen Cristin towards Ty Pellaf but could not be relocated. The second Woodcock of the autumn was flushed from the Lowlands, a male Ring Ouzel was at Nant, and two Firecrests continue our stellar autumn for this stunning species.
Thrushes were most evident today with 67 Blackbirds (the highest count this year), 25 Fieldfares, 21 Song Thrushes, and 19 Redwings present. Also logged were 73 Wrens, 42 Robins, 13 Skylarks, seven Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 40 Goldcrests, 29 Choughs, ten Rooks, 50 Carrion Crows, 1207 Starlings, 155 Chaffinches, one Brambling, three Greenfinches, 40 Siskins, 22 Goldfinches, two Lesser Redpolls, and six Reed Buntings.
Non-passerines recorded include one Grey Heron, 13 Common Scoters, one Water Rail, 41 Oystercatchers, one Lapwing, two Purple Sandpipers, one Jack Snipe, one Snipe, two Whimbrels, 51 Curlews, eight Redshanks, 11 Turnstones, 16 Mediterranean Gulls, 164 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Common Gulls, 73 Herring Gulls, 13 Great Black-backed Gulls, 665 Kittiwakes, 250 Razorbills, and one Short-eared Owl.
Redshanks are being seen regularly
Still good numbers of young Seals around the shoreline