Saturday, 15 October 2011

Autumn kicking off finally on the Great Orme

What a great morning on the Great Orme - perfectly still, bright sunshine and birds on the move.

A Richard's Pipit showed well by the car park at 8.45am, coming in off the sea and landing by the enclosure, before being driven off by Meadow Pipits. It was last seen flying down towards the Marine Drive. At least one Lapland Bunting was hanging around and was even seen on the ground by the small quarry. Two Snow Buntings flew over early morning, and one of these or a different bird showed well at the cairn late morning. Two White fronted Geese flew in off the sea (Pete A), while a Short eared Owl was also seen mid morning. Finches were constantly on the move, with Chaffinch, Greenfinch, siskin and Goldfinch on the move and a few Reed bunting wisth them too. Two Brambling and an impressive 60+ Crossbills were also amongst them.


  1. Richard's still showing above Marine drive 4pm at least

  2. Great selection of birds! Certainly beats staring at tarmac for 6 hours to josstle for space with a bunch of pager dependents ;-)

  3. See that Ynys-hir RSPB reported 10 white-fronted geese arrived today, could include 2 that flew over Orme. Apart from above also had single golden plover over.