Sunday, 9 October 2011

Seabirds make up for lack of passerine migration

Passerines have been almost non-existent this week with only a small but regular passage of Crossbills evident. Between 2 and 27 have been seen each day this week with 16 in the pines in the cemetery yesterday. The odd Chiff-chaff, Gioldcrest and Blackcap have been the only grounded birds while the Dotterel was last seen at lunchtime on Friday.
Seabirds on the other hand have been good with Friday being the best day. Records from the Little Orme and slightly further west at Rhos Point (which means the birds pass the Little Orme a couple of mnutes later) were as follows:-
2 Sabine's gulls
2 Long tailed Skuas (juv
3 Pomerine Skuas
15+ Leach's Petrels
Slavonian Grebe
Grey Phalarope
8 Bonxie
5 Arctic Skua
30+ Pale bellied Brent Geese
6 Bottle nosed Dolphins.

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