Sunday, 1 November 2015

North Wales Update

After an amazing nocturnal Thrush passage last night birds were continually on the move still this morning and throughout the day. As I ate my breakfast in Cemaes, stood outside my front door hundreds of Starlings were moving west with a few assorted thrushes with them, then 18 Skylarks went west, and so did I to Wylfa head car park. Amongst the migrants there included about 15 Brambling with the Chaffinches, 5 Reed Buntings, a Chiffchaff and a pair of Crossbills including a cracking red male. Tony White has 2 SE Owls at Valley Wetlands yesterday and one today and Ken has had a few recently on the Range. Tony also had a late Whinchat at Hen Borth today.
Reg did well today as he was out all day working Wylfa to Carmel head. His totals were 2 Lap Bunts, 20 Brambling, 3 Woodcock, Black Guilli, Goosander, Whinchat, Hooded Crow, 6 Crossbill, 420 Skylarks, 11,000 Starlings, 535 Chaffinches, a Chiffchaff and 2 Merlin.
Martin had a Firecrest at HHBWCP this morning and Andy had one at Soldier's Point yesterday plus a YB Warbler in the HHBWCP. Twite was reported from Point Lynas today. Other reports from Birdguides included GG Shrike east of Denbigh. Lap Bunt over the Orme plus 5 Firecrests (5 were at Conwy RSPB yesterday), there has been a big influx over the last week. Hawfinch and Woodlark were two good birds, which flew over the Great Orme today, as did a Richards Pipit yesterday. One record I found particularly unusual and interesting was that of a Cetti's Warbler heard singing in a garden below the cemetery on the great Orme on the 29th October. Things really are on the move!

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