Sunday, 21 October 2018

It was a day fraught with intermittent rain showers and an increasingly strong south-westerly wind that swung around to the north late in the afternoon and made it feel particularly chilly out and about. Migrants on the ground included one of yesterday's Lesser Whitethroats seen briefly at Ty Capel. Flight views gave fleeting hints of sandy upperparts and an overall quite pale appearance, but it remained frustratingly elusive and hard to track down. Elsewhere there were two Black Redstarts at Nant and a Barn Owl around Ty Capel, but the big numbers came from the sea with 160 Mediterranean Gulls passing off the West Coast amongst 478 Black-headed Gulls, the former tally coming frustratingly close to the historical record day count.

A Red-throated Diver, five Fulmars, 78 Gannets, 19 Common Scoters, a Buzzard, four Kestrels, two Merlins, two Water Rails, a Purple Sandpiper, three Dunlins, nine Snipes, a Whimbrel, 18 Redshanks, 21 Turnstones, an Arctic Skua, three Great Skuas, 64 Common Gulls, 364 Kittiwakes, 78 Guillemots, 2207 Razorbills, a Little Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Grey Wagtails, three Stonechats, three Song Thrushes, seven Redwings, nine Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests, a Coal tit, five Blue tits, three Great tits, 115 Starlings, 50 Chaffinches, nine Siskins, 233 Goldfinches, 60 Linnets and two Reed Buntings.

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