Friday, 8 October 2010

8th October 2010

A good visible migration day with a fresh south easterly and lots of mist produced the first Lapland Buntings for the island this year despite there being so many around the north and east coasts and also a few in the west especially Angelsey. They flew south with some Meadow Pipits (there were 400 through today) down the west side with their distinctive call.
Another first (for the autumn) were 2 Redwings, one over the shore early and the other later. A Whinchat perched in the SK paddock was an unexpected find this late in the year, but most of the other birds passing were more in keeping with the season:- 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Skylarks, 25 Starlings, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrushes, a Blackbird and another late Greenland Wheatear.
There were 6 Rock Pipits today, none of which were the ringed birds of yesterday (see remarks yesterday re passage).
Around the shore 3 and then 6 Wigeon were noted, also a Common Snipe, also the juvenile Brent of recent days.
Ringed:- 1 Robin, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff.
(DB,BT, +MR, et al) [591]

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