Thursday, 19 September 2019

Another almost bizarrely calm day, the northerly wind 'gusting' at a measly 6mph! Two Peregrines flew close over Cristin during some morning coffee. Meanwhile, another attempt was made at catching some Meadow Pipits. 42 were caught, which is one more than yesterday, which added to the ones caught in the Heligoland trap gives a total of over 110 for the last three days.

Meadow Pipit, if you look closely you can see some retained juvenile
greater coverts with paler fringes than the others.
A triangle of nets with tape lure playing in the centre is one of the best ways to catch Meadow Pipits.
There was slightly more wader variety today, although still in small numbers. These include: two Knots, one Golden Plover, two Purple Sandpipers, 56 Curlews, two Whimbrels, 13 Redshanks and 26 Turnstones

Three Spotted Flycatchers made an appearance at the plantation today, too, along with six Goldfinches, 12 Robins and 12 Skylarks. The bird of the day would have to be a Short-eared Owl that was flying around Ty Pellaf.

Other birds around include: one Yellow Wagtail, five Grey Wagtails, 11 White Wagtails, one Sandwich Tern, 16 Goldcrests, 16 Chiffchaffs and 10 Black-headed Gulls.

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