Thursday, 2 November 2017

There were a few sightings of note today, almost all on land, with migration for the most part now petering out. A Stock Dove on Pen Cristin was the first sighting of the year, while two unusual species showed up in the gardens at Ty Pellaf, a very late Willow Warbler and another Blythii type Lesser Whitethroat. Also notable were at least 20 Long-tailed Tits roaming around the island today.

Otherwise it was a fairly typical selection of migrants for early November, almost all in slowly decreasing numbers. Thrushes numbered 29 Blackbirds, two Fieldfares, 19 Song Thrushes and four Redwings, while a very modest scattering of finces amounted to 20 Chaffinches, five Bramblings, a Goldfinch, four Siskins, two Linnets, three Lesser Redpolls and a Bullfinch. The rest of the grounded migrants included two Water Rails, a Great Spotted Woodpecker (probably all lingering from previous days), nine Skylarks, one Pied and one "alba" Wagtail, 37 Robins, six Stonechats, three Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 25 Goldcrests, 89 Starlings and four Reed Buntings.

The only other sightings of note were two Teals in Henllwyn and four Mediterranean Gulls offshore.

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