Saturday, 29 October 2022

Overnight rain and easterly winds had us hopeful again for some good birds on the Island, yet in the morning it seemed fairly quiet around Cristin. Showers were on and off during the day which kept most things out of sight, but during gaps in the rain we opened the nets to dry them off before taking them down for the close of the season. As the nets were being opened in Cristin Withy, a Red-flanked Bluetail was seen skulking about in the willows. Shortly after it was found, it ended up in the nets and was ringed! This was the third Island record; the first since 2017.

Red-flanked Bluetail © Ollie King

Red-flanked Bluetail © Ollie King

It was fairly quiet in terms of other species seen, with a Black Redstart at Cristin being the other notable highlight. Other species recorded were 22 Meadow Pipits, five Robins, a Song Thrush, three Redwings, four Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, four Goldcrests, four Chaffinches and two Goldfinches

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