Saturday, 19 October 2019

Today the wind switched around to the north. This meant we got less rain than we had been getting, birds started to move through but there was more of a chill in the air giving a real late autumn or even winter feel.

Some of the highlights of the day included a small flock of Twite heard briefly in the lowlands, this is a year tick and a reasonable good bird on Bardsey. Other good birds included four Woodcock being flushed from various areas around the island, six Little Gulls seen heading south down the west coast over doubled our year total of this species and our first tit species for a while was seen and heard in the garden at Cristin, a Coal Tit.

One of the main changes felt today was the increase in thrushes and finches. Numbers included 43 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 17 Chaffinch, 89 Redwings, and eight Song Thrush. These numbers are a huge increase on what we have been getting and is a sign of the season progressing. More numbers seen in various places included 22 Starlings, 40 Goldcrests, four Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, a late Wheatear that was scrutinised, 17 Stonechats, 34 Robins, a single Grey Wagtail, 36 and 26 each of Rock Pipit and Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylarks, three Mediterranean Gulls, five Wigeon, and singles of Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Waders on the beach included 38 Turnstones and 22 Redshank.

Sparrowhawk
 

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