Saturday, 30 September 2017

The final day of September was another fairly quiet one, although again a reasonable selection of grounded migrants were seen. The highlights of these were two Firecrests at Cristin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, probably the same as previous days, in the Withies. At this time of year every Willow Warbler could be your last, so two of them in the Withies were also a welcome sight. 12 Chiffchaffs and three Blackcaps were the only other Warblers seen, while Goldcrests numbered a more modest 63, 34 Robins and nine Stonechats were scattered about, two Spotted Flycatchers,   a Pied Flycatcher at Tynesaf and Wheatear on the West Coast. 91 Meadow Pipits and 45 Rock Pipits were similar numbers to previous days, while the only overhead passage was eight Swallows heading south. 21 Goldfinches and four Lesser Redpolls rounded off the migrant passerines seen today.

Also seen in the Withies were two Water Rails, with the Wigeon again on Pwll Cain. A single Snipe was flushed from the Wetlands, with the only other waders of note being increases to 61 Curlews and 26 Turnstones, and two Whimbrels still present. On a quiet day for seawatching, the only highlight was nontheless a bit of a stonker, an adult, fully spooned Pomarine Skua seen by departing Obs guests as the boat passed through the Bardsey Sound.

Peregrine, Ephraim Perfect; Ephraim's Bird Blog

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