Sunday, 28 November 2010

A major improvement after the last few days’ birding was seen today; the freezing temperatures continue with birds such as Lapwings, Golden Plovers and Snipe beginning to increase due to the cold weather on the mainland pushing them towards the milder coast. The main highlights of the day included: the first Brent Goose of the year flying past the South tip, a Snow Bunting seen on the narrows, the Grey Phalarope in Henllwyn where eighteen Teals also fed, and a Short eared Owl was seen. A few more waders were seen dotted around with 35 Lapwings and three Golden Plovers being the main arrivals. A Ringed Plover was on Solfach whilst in the wetlands the Snipe count increased to at least 25; a Jack Snipe and a Water Rail were seen in the wetlands.

One of the Teals seen today.
Around 28 Song Thrushes(above), 16 Blackbirds and a few Redwings have been feeding where the ground is soft enough.
Purple Sandpipers: this year has seen a slight decrease in the number of Purple Sandpipers seen around the rocks and beaches. Usually these tame and pretty waders have frequented the coasts in tight flocks of forty to fifty; this year however, the flock has struggled to top thirty individuals. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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