Friday, 20 May 2011

A first summer female Woodchat Shrike was found this morning at the northern end of the island by Steve Hind. The bird favoured a small area of gorse bushes and was easily trapped. It was released at the Observatory where it continued to feed and show well to the assembled crowd in the back garden.

As for the rest of the bird front, it remained much the same: a scattering of common migrants saw a Yellow Wagtail in the wetlands and two Swifts past Henllwyn as the highlights, whilst commoner species amounted to: thirty five Swallows, four House Martins, nine Wheatears, nine Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and fourteen Spotted Flycatchers. A lone Curlew was in Henllwyn, and four Ring Plovers and three Whimbrels were also seen here. 

Woodchat Shrike (c) Steve Stansfield
At least four Whitethroats continue to occupy territories between the Schoolhouse and Nant. (c) Ben Porter

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