Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Golden Oriole was seen for the third day in a row at Nant, and there was also a good scattering of common migrants over land and in the vegetated areas, totals amounted to: the second Turtle Dove of the year by Carreg Bach, two Cuckoos, ten Swifts, two Sand Martins, 148 Swallows, three House Martins, three Tree Pipits, thirty three Wheatears, thirty two Sedge Warblers, sixteen Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers, a Blackcap, seven Chiffchaffs, ten Willow Warblers, five Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher. Thirty eight Whimbrels and two Curlews were dotted around the coast, whilst three Ring Plovers, six Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers and seven smart Turnstones were in Solfach at high tide. Ten Common Scoters, four Puffins and four 'Commic' Terns flew north at sea during the day, whilst raptors seen included singles of Kestrel, Buzzard and Merlin.

 Turtle Dove (c) Ben Porter
 One of the Whitethroats that have been singing and song-flighting in their territories over the last few weeks. (c) Ben Porter
Turnstones in Solfach (one of which is ringed). (c) Ben Porter

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