Friday, 23 March 2012

Ring Ouzel arrives

Pied Wags have been a feature of the past few weeks. Hopefully a few White Wags will join them soon. This one was in the churchyard this evening.

The first Lesser Redpoll 'on the deck' of the year was in the hawthorns early morning.

These eight Choughs were presumably passage birds, flying high west late afternoon.

I always get a rush when the first Ouzel arrives back.
A lovely still morning on the Great Orme today. Highlight was undoubtedly a fine male Ring Ouzel in the gorse at the north end. I had walked passed the bush and hadn't seen the bird, but luckily as I drove past it two minutes later it popped out onto the path for a minute or two before giving me a flyby, calling loudly. Apparently there were two this afternoon! At least seven Wheatears were logged today, five on the limestones and two in the Churchyard. Two Chiffchaff were singing in the churchyard this evening. Small numbers of Goldcrests were still moving through with at least eight at the north end, while 40+ Siskins also moved through (along with 5 Redpoll (including one in the hawthorns). Other notable counts were 20+ Woodpigeon, 8 Chough moving high west (so therefore not thought to be the resident birds) and 12 Magpies.

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