Thursday, 12 October 2017

A small drop in the winds were enough to see a small number of migrants make their way through the island today. A small passage was noted out to sea with four Manx Shearwaters, 81 Gannets, three Common Scoters, two Golden Plovers, one Pomarine Skua, one Mediterranean Gull and 267 Razorbills.

Two Wigeons lingered off the West Coast throughout the day, two Merlins were again an impressive sight. Three Water Rails were again heard from the Wetlands today.

A single Purple Sandpiper, two Snipes, three Whimbrels and 63 Curlews were todays waders and a Ringed Plover in Henllwyn was new in. On the land a Barn Owl around Cristin Withy was the highlight, presumably one of the lingering pair seen occasionally. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was still in the Withies, 25 Skylarks were heard overhead and a keen ear picked up on a Grey Wagtail making its way through. Robin numbers increased again today, a total of 35 was recorded. Three Chiffchaffs were the only warblers to be seen, but 47 Goldcrests were scattered around the island. Three Blue Tits and a Great Tit were again present. Finch passage saw some 11 Chaffinches, two Brambling (one of which was trapped and ringed, a stunning adult male), two Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 11 Linnets and three Lesser Redpolls pass through the island. Two Reed Buntings were also recorded today.

Adult male Brambling trapped and ringed today,

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