Sunday, 13 February 2011

Despite the heavy showers that passed through during the night, the rain subsided and the wind had eased by the morning. A Short eared Owl was flushed up from the site on the mountainside that has proven to be a bit of a hotspot for this species this winter. Blue Tits and Great Tits were singing at nant along with a lovely male Goldcrest. Whilst listening to the Goldcrest’s jangly song, a Firecrest popped into view in Nant withie, it was a ringed bird and so most likely was the individual that has not been seen since December. A Woodcock flew by and a Lapwing was on the coast. In the evening, the Barn Owl was seen in one of the sheds at Ty Pellaf, a worthy end to the day. 

Short eared Owl.
A Firecrest (lower) appeared amongst the usual overwintering Goldcrests (upper).
Purple Sandpiper numbers continue to fluctuate with a little over twenty noisily chattering on the rocks in Henllwyn at high tide today. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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