Sunday, 16 October 2011
Orme and the near miss
A good morning on the Orme with lots of birds - first significant fall of thrushes - 50+ Blackbirds, 20+ Song Thrush and 20+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and 4 Mistle Thrushes. Vis-mig over - 5 Snow Bunting, 6 Bullfinch, 10+ Lesser Redpoll, 45+ Crossbill, 20+ Siskin, 2 Reed Buntings, Grey Wagtail, Golden Plover, hundreds of Chaffinch and Greenfinch. A super Merlin showed well and a single Wheatear. A very grey washed out Chiffchaff was seen briefly near the ole cafe - probably an 'abientinus' race bird, but without a call and good views difficult to nail.
Had just talked to Steve Williams from Hilbre about the good feeling the morning had and suggested one of us should be phoning with a mega before the end of the morning. It was the Hilbre crew who struck gold with Steve phoning 30 minutes later to say he had a Bluetail!! Well done to them, and certainly shows that this species should be on our radar along the north Wales coast.