Sunday, 25 September 2011

Richard's pipit and Firecrests - Orme

Autumn started properly today with an early Richard's Pipit on the Great Orme (2nd earliest ever here, the 1st being a day earlier in 2005). Richard Pipits have got scarcer up here over the past few years with only one brief record last year and then having to go back to 2006. The bird was mobile and vocal and was regularly mobbed by Meadow pipits. It was first seen coming in off the sea over the lone hawthorn at he bottom of the small valley. However it is now best viewed from the summit overlooking the barn area but was also seen flying out over the dung heap.
2 Firecrests were also present - one in the pines at st Tudn's chuch and the other at Powell's well along the track to pink farm. Other migrants included 3 Snipe, 2 reed Bunting, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiff chaff, 7 Wheatear, 50+ each of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch over, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Blackcap and 20+ Goldcrest.

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