Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Today was calmer than yesterday, allowing for an hour of mist netting mid-morning. There was a good number of finches in the garden and flying overhead so Alex opened nets at the Obs and George opened at Ty Pellaf.

Ten Lesser Redpolls were caught at Ty Pellaf, of which 48 were seen today. The only other bird caught here was a Linnet. The bulk of the catch at the Obs consisted of Goldfinches, which have been ever-present on the feeders for the past month or so, and 11 were ringed. Just two Chaffinches were ringed, but nine Goldcrests were also caught before rain stopped play.

The impressive sight of over 300 Swallows and 50 House Martins acted as an early warning system for the imminent rain, with some stopping to feed over the Lowlands before rapidly heading off.

Short-eared Owl

The first Short-eared Owl of the year was seen flying around the South End and was duly mobbed by a Merlin. This was the first of four owl species to be recorded today, the second of which came when alarm-calling Blackbirds alerted Steve to the presence of a Long-eared Owl in the Obs garden. A Little Owl was also heard calling in the Lowlands and a Barn Owl was seen whilst George and Alex were dazzling around the Narrows.

After seemingly heading out to sea, the Short-eared Owl was then seen again closer to the lighthouse.

Dazzling proved to be less successful this evening, in part due to less favourable tide height and time, but it was certainly worth it for another Purple Sandpiper which was caught on Solfach. This bird was notably longer-billed and larger than yesterday's and was also the first 1cy bird (hatched this year) to be caught this autumn.

First calendar year Purple Sandpiper showing broad, well-marked white edges to median coverts and buff-edged tertials.

Other sightings include: a Black Redstart, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Grey Wagtails, 17 Siskins.

Ringing totals: one Purple Sandpiper, one Blackbird, 11 Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinches, 10 Lesser Redpolls, one Linnet and 9 Goldcrests.

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