Saturday, 12 March 2011

Bunting Bonanza on Great Orme.

Three species of Buntings were the highlight on the Great Orme this morning. Three Lapland Buntings, including a male reaching summer plumage were seen breifly on the deck before flying off calling towards point Lynas. A female Yellowhammer (very naff pic above) was in the gorse at the north end. There are only a couple of records of Yellowhammer on the Orme every year, so it was good to get one for the Orme year list so early. Reed Bunting, 20+ Meadow pipits, 8 Siskin, 5 Chaffinch and 6 Pied Wagtails over were the best of the rest. A superb arial battle between the Peregrines and Ravens was cool. No Wheatears yet though......


  1. Had an hour around Great Orme cemetery area this morning seeing one crossbill over, 10 greenfinch, 8 chaffinch, 5 meadow pipit, 2 siskin, a kestrel and a peregrine bombing along low over the gravestones the best birds seen. Offshore 2 gannets.

  2. I had a calling Golden Plover just after you left, plus a couple of Chough above the cliffs.