Friday, 26 March 2010

Wednesday was a quiet day with not many birds about; the highlight was the first Willow warbler of the year, seen in Plas withie.
Yesterday was a better day with the first few Hirundines of the year being seen; three Sand Martin and two Swallows were flying acrobaticly about, reminding us that Spring is here despite the threat of colder weather next week. Other birds include 31 Chiffchaff dotted around, 5 Blackcap at Nant along with two Willow warblers and 4 Goldcrests. Another Willow warbler was in Plas withie and 9 Wheatears were on the Narrows. Wader-wise, a Golden Plover was seen briefly in the morning and a Lapwing was flying around the South End. A single Black Redstart was at Ty Pellaf.
Today started of  with clear skies and a gentle breeze from the South. Many of the birds from yesterday stayed on; 14 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow warblers, 4 Blackcaps and a few Goldcrests were at Nant. In the withies a female and male Teal were feeding with a Mallard. 6 Wheatears and a Swallow were on the narrows, and a Black Redstart was on the wall near Cristin.

There has been a small gathering of Wheatear on the Narrows for a few days now but, they are starting to disperse to their territories to breed, with a few males starting to sing. 
(c) Ben Porter

There has been one Black Redstart around Ty Pellaf for the past few days.
(c) Ben Porter

They have been slightly later than last year but finally, the Swallows are back! The first two of the year were seen yesterday and one today. (c) Ben Porter

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