Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Mealy Magic - Great Orme today.
This morning saw a big increase in the number of Redpolls over. I managed to tempt some 50+ birds down into the hawthorns with the iPhone, with many more passing overhead. Amazingly just 2 Siskins were involved in the movement; a huge reduction. The bird above appeared with one group - paler than accompanying Lessers, nice white rump with white tramlines up the back, a white disk around the cheek, white vent and undertail coverts with a few dark streaks, much less buffiness on the whole, all just about visible in the one picture I managed to grab of it before in continued North West - surely a Mealy? Another was caught on Hilbre today - not a million miles away as the crow flies - pics of that one here - http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/
All the other bits and bobs on the Great Orme blog - www.greatormebirds.blogspot.com including a bird even rarer than Mealy Redpoll on the limestones! You'll be surprised :-)