Sunday, 13 October 2019

Today the rain poured....and poured....and poured even harder from 5am until 1pm. It rained so much there was rivers flowing down every slope and even into the warden's house! Luckily it did clear up and turned into a reasonably nice evening.

During the rain everyone was cooped up inside but the garden was alive with Chaffinches, 60 at least calling away as well as a single Crossbill heard calling briefly and five Redwings.

Once the staff managed to get out it was clear some things had been grounded in the weather with a very good count of 20 Blackcaps in various spots. Other highlights included a Yellow-browed Warbler in Plas Withy along with a late Willow Warbler too. Two Barn Owls seen by the new Trust Wardens in the evening was also a good island record and the starlings that has been non-existent up until now came in number with a day count of 263. Our first Jack Snipe of the autumn was flushed from some wet grass (all the grass was wet after the amount of rain we had!) and birds of prey were of note with a single Merlin and two each of Sparrowhawk and Peregrine.

Other counts of note from half a day’s birding included three Little Owls, four Goldfinches, 29 Magpies feeding on seaweed, 45 Goldcrests, ten Chiffchaffs, four Song Thrushes, 18 Robins, five Skylarks, 14 Turnstones, and four Common Snipes.

Record shot of the Yellow-browed Warbler

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