Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The best bird of the day was a Bittern flushed up from the wetlands in the morning; it was not seen again until late in the afternoon in Carreg reed bed. The Common Rosefinch was again in Cristin garden, feeding on the feeders with Chaffinches, a Brambling and a few Blue Tits. The Firecrest was again in Plas Withie whilst eight Snipe, a Jack Snipe and a Woodcock were in the wetlands. A high tide brought the flock of gulls back into Solfach where two Grey Plovers were also seen; two Mediterranean Gulls, 240 Black headed Gulls, 23 Common Gulls, 120 Herring Gulls and eighty Kittiwakes fed around the mouth of Solfach. Three Wigeons were with the usual Mallards.

With it's superb camouflage, it is easy to see how so few Jack Snipe are killed by birds of prey here.
Good numbers of thrushes fed in the fields inland with sparse flocks consisting of: 21 Blackbirds, 4 Fieldfares(top two), 36 Song Thrushes and 8 Redwings(bottom).Pictures (c) Ben Porter.

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