Saturday, 12 October 2019

Today the weather was much calmer than it has been and we even saw the sun for a length of time during the day.

Birds were on the move in the morning however with it being change over day full advantage could not be taken of this but some counts of birds over the observatory as well as a few counts from some guests staying on who were out included 42 Skylarks, six Song Thrush four Jackdaw, an impressive 11 Raven over the mountain, two Greenfinch, a rare bird this year, 15 Siskins, 16 Goldfinch and the highlights a Lapland Bunting and our First Snow Bunting seen flying though the narrows.

Soon enough the new guests were settled in and everyone was in the field, highlights included a Crossbill over the farm and a Firecrest at nant. Birds of prey put in a good showing with two Sparrowhawks, and two Peregrines as well as single of Merlin and Kestrel. More counts included a single Grey Heron still, three Common Scoter, three Snipe, 64 Curlews, a single Great Skua, 18 Mediterranean Gulls, three Sandwich Terns, two late Swallows, 77 Meadow Pipits, 39 Rock Pipits, a single Grey Wagtail, 14 Robins, eight Chiffchaffs, 34 Goldcrests and a increase to 25 Choughs

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