Monday, 22 October 2012

Penmon 22/10/12

After several days of inactivity due to illness, visiting antique fairs, bumping into the Duchess of Cambridge etc.. I decided it was time for some serious birding. I was at Penmon Point at dawn, with light easterly winds and thick cloud the conditions looked promising. Lots of migrants passing over (east) but surprisingly few grounded birds on the point. This is a very hard area to cover thoroughly, but the birds I saw from 7.30 to 11.00 were 1 'flava' Wagtail, 3 Crossbill, 180 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 70 Goldfinch, 220 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 26 Siskin, 6 Redpoll, 15 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 130 Starling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Song Thrush, 10 Blackbird, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 1 Jay, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lapwing, 24 Goldcrest, 15 Blue Tit, 10 Bullfinch.
Visible migration was slower than I had expected, but a good variety of species on the move. I may try again tomorrow, if the winds stay easterly. Also still 3 Sandwich Tern on the shore by Penmon Pool, and a drake Common Scoter sat on a rock just off the layby there!

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