Friday, 22 October 2021

As the weather for Saturday, and the foreseeable future, looks windy and unsettled, Colin decided that everyone who was planning on leaving should go today. So we had to say goodbye to all this week's guests. Alison was Staying on for a second week as is Fiona as a volunteer.

The boat was due to depart at 1500, so that gave a bit of time for some morning birding, though there was not a huge amount to report.

Waiting for the boat... (c) Fiona Bithell

Benlli III arriving at Cafn  - (c) Rosie Hall

Offshore were 21 Gannets. Two Teals were on Pwll Cain, and the usual 23 Mallards were on Solfach. Four Common Scoters flew south and a Buzzard was at Nant and a Merlin on the Narrows. Three Snipes were the wader highlights in the Wetlands. 

Two Collared Doves were still at Ty Pellaf as was the Black Redstart.

Black Redstart

The Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Ty Pellaf Withy and four Skylarks headed south. On the Narrows there were 38 Rock Pipits and a Pied Wagtail.

Eight Blackbirds were seen and 16 Redwings were seen between the Obs and Nant. A Blackcap was at Cristin, and another at Nant. here were five Chiffchaffs, three at the Obs and two at Nant, along with three Goldcrests at Nant and one at the Obs.

Male Blackcap

A flock of 36 Choughs were seen; one of them appeared to have a fishing hook stuck in its wing!

Chough with fishing hook in wing

Magpie numbers reached 21 in the lowlands and 10 at Ty Pellaf and two Ravens were seen at Ty Pellaf.

Magpie at Ty Pellaf
Gronk Gronk Gronk...

There were fewer finches seen; 18 Chaffinches flew over the Obs, eight Siskins were seen, 21 Goldfinches were at Ty Pellaf and 12 Linnets were there too.

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