Sunday, 20 October 2019

This was a day for autumn migration, the winds have swept round from a southerly to a 15mph north-easterly, and as if someone had turned the tap on, birds began to appear. The biggest differences were in the finch and thrush numbers, all of a sudden days went from a handful of finches to the 1484 Chaffinches that were recorded today. The coniferous trees in Cristin garden were alive with Greenfinches, Siskins, Goldfinches and Bramblings. Redwings flew over throughout the morning, Fieldfares were also 'chacking' in the morning as they moved in small flocks over the island.

Other nice bonus birds were one Hooded Crow, ten Long-tailed Tits, one Coal Tit, five Mistle Thrushes, one Ring Ouzel and a Treecreeper! With the addition of these two thrushes, Bardsey had records of all the northern Europe thrush species.

Today's migration totals: one Woodcock, 1187 Black-headed Gulls, 558 Razorbills, one Collared Dove, 63 Skylarks, 71 Meadow Pipits, 26 Robins, 17 Blackbirds, 14 Fieldfares, 17 Song Thrushes, 158 Redwings, five Mistle Thrushes, one Ring Ouzel, one Yellow-browed Warbler, 26 Goldcrests, 184 Jackdaw, 67 Carrion Crows, 373 Starlings, 20 Bramblings, 22 Greenfinches, 189 Siskins, 124 Goldfinches and four Reed Buntings.

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