Saturday 23 September 2023

 The winds dropped overnight to a light north-westerly which was picking up during the afternoon to a strong south-westerly which meant for an rather early changeover. There was clearly some arrival with 12 Goldcrests, two Chiffchaffs, a retrap Firecrest from Nant, eight Blackcaps and a Chaffinch was ringed in the morning during changeover with a few more Chaffinches overhead marking the first 'real' arrival of this species of the autumn. 

With news of more Nearctic passerines arriving to UK shores we headed out on census to hopefully find another! A Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting were new in to the Withies with nine Buzzards circling over the mountain. However, things took a different turn when Steve has a brief view of a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in Plas Withy!! The view was too brief to confirm if the bird was ringed or not and quickly vanished into the undergrowth. The bird then became very skulky and was heard calling a few times in 2 hours hunting. Finally, the bird was seen running along the boardwalk before running into a mist net! Now it was confirmed that this was a different unringed bird! The bird was again a 1st year female. 

Black-and-white Warbler © Ed Betteridge
Black-and-white Warbler © Ed Betteridge
Black-and-white Warbler © Ed Betteridge

Other totals total included seven Common Scoters, three Dunlins, four Ringed Plovers, a Black-headed Gull, a Collared Dove, 19 White Wagtails, 33 Goldcrests, 25 Robins, six Chaffinches, two Siskins, a Rook, seven Ravens, and five Skylarks

Buzzard © Ed Betteridge

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