Sunday, 28 October 2018

There was a slight shift in the weather today as the wind budged slightly to the north-east and calmed down noticeably. It seems the bulk of passage occurred yesterday, but there was still a considerable amount to pass through today with nearly 8000 birds recorded compared to yesterday’s 10,000+.

The calm conditions allowed for both sizeable land and sea passage. A single Common Scoter was the only wildfowl out to sea, but gulls were still on the move with ten Mediterranean Gulls, 525 Black-headed Gulls, 46 Common Gulls and 850 Kittiwakes recorded along with 31 Guillemots and 1300 Razorbills.

Among the usual raptors were two Buzzards and a Merlin. Meanwhile, waders comprised of a Lapwing, one Dunlin, five Snipes, two Curlews, nine Redshanks and just one Turnstone.

People were out and about watching and recording throughout the day, but the bulk of migrants passed through early on with the first two or three hours of daylight, some of the highlights among the numbers included a Water Pipit, a Richard’s Pipit, one Lapland Bunting and a Waxwing which landed briefly at Ty Nesaf making it seventh record for the island, but the first record since 28th December 2016 (one of two records in 2016). Passage culminated to an impressive one Stock Dove, 23 Woodpigeons, 51 Skylarks, one Grey Wagtail, 24 Robins, two Black Redstarts, 239 Blackbirds, 25 Fieldfares, 58 Song Thrushes, 162 Redwings, 13 Mistle Thrushes, one Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrests, five Coal Tits, 1495 Jackdaw, five Rooks, 1060 Starlings, 1093 Chaffinches, 120 Bramblings, five Greenfinches, one Siskin, 23 Goldfinches, two Lesser Redpolls, three Bullfinches and two Reed Buntings!

Peregrine mid stoop

The Water Pipit on Solfach was particularly confiding today

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