Saturday, 24 March 2012
Black Redstart steals the show.
What a superb morning on the Great Orme this morning. An influx of birders too with eight present during the morning. Pride of place went to a superb male Black Redstart that was picked up by Alan in the sheep Fields. It then flew over towards the wall and gave good views to everybody present, and was still showing at 10am at least. The male Ring Ouzel showed well early morning in the corner of the sheep field below the cairn. However, later on it became elusive and disappeared. Many birds were on the move with 5+ Wheatears dotted around, while Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs were in good numbers - 25+ Goldcrest and 7 Chiffchaff being a conservative estimate. Pied Wagtails were very much in evidence with at least 20 birds present, seven of these at first light in the northern car park. A single Golden Plover called hauntingly overhead, while other migrants included 2 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 20+ Woodpigeon and 6 Magpies. Finches were again on bthe move with a definite increase in Redpoll numbers with at least 15 birds through, some stopping to refuel. 40+ Siskins were seen and heard with several small flocks, including a flock of 16 passing through. Hundreds of Meadow Pipits on the move too with a conservative estimate of 250 birds on the headland. A good start to spring!