An amazing morning for migrants on the Great Orme today. Amongst the almost continious passage of Redpolls many landed, the vast majority being Lessers but including a few Mealies.
Two birds really stood out. The first was the bird in the three pictures below -
it was extremely pale - even for Mealy, with a white rump, tramlines up back, white undertail coverts with no obvious streaks. However, the bird did have buff coulouring on the flanks and breast sides as well as streaking. The bird didn't seem that big either and although some pics show a punhed in bill, others do not. One or two present left happy it was an Arctic, one or two had doubts. Any comments welcome.
The second bird was very interesting (fourth photo). It was obviously bigger, even in flight. When it landed it looked a butch bird, at least a half bigger than the accompanying lessers. It was dark and streaked and the black face mask really stood out. I'm pretty sure this bird had a deeper call too. Is it a 'rostrata' candidate?
Again opinions much appreciated.