Sunday, 6 May 2012
Redpolls - the scary zone! Great orme May 6th
After all that;s been going on on Bardsey the last few weeks with strange looking Redpolls - not classic Mealies and certainly not little brown Welsh birds, I came across one myself today. Slightly larger than Lesser Redpoll, nice big white wing bars, pale face, whitish tramlines up back and a hint of a pale rump. Lots of Redpolls on the move today - some 50+ with all but this one being typical Lessers. 3 Yellow Wagtials, 8 Tree Pipits, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethorat and 2 Common Redstarts best of the rest. A superb movement of 100+ Wheatears, the vast majority Greenlands, built up during teh morning. The polace was bouncing by the time I left at 11am. Two pictures of the pale Redpoll and one of a typical Lesser. Of the 50 odd seen today 49 looked wmall, brown and streaky. Does this automatically mean the pale bird is a Mealy Redpoll? Any comments welcome. Steve Stansfield?