Tuesday, 24 May 2011

With little change on the bird front, the most interesting species were that of birds staying on from their arrival in previous days: the Woodchat Shrike stayed its fourth day in Nant Valley, and the male Cuckoo was seen and heard singing in Cristin Withie again. A Swift moved through with 138 Swallows and 24 House Martins in the morning, whilst 10 Wheatears and five Skylarks were scattered around the coastal rocks and grassland. Although Spotted Flycatcher numbers are varying day by day, warblers around the withies and gardens remain much the same: 10 Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers and 10 Spotted Flycatchers were the totals. Two Curlews and the usual pair of Ring Plovers were the only waders of note seen, whilst four Common Scoters were the highlight of sea-passage.

The Woodchat Shrike continues to feed on Beetles and other insects in Nant Valley. 
(c) Ben Porter
Wheatear (c) Ben Porter

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