Monday, 13 February 2012

11th to 13th February

The 11th was another wet day, with fewer birds seen. Singles of Knot, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit and Grey Plover were seen around the Narrows with six Ringed Plovers, whilst eight Song Thrushes were inland. With hardly a breath of wind on the 12th, it was a much more pleasant day. A Snow Bunting on Pencristin was the best bird of the day, whilst a Little Owl, 27 Meadow Pipits and 37 Song Thrushes were also seen inland. The usual selection of waders around the narrows amounted to three Ringed Plovers, the Grey Plover, 15 Lapwings, 26 Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, two Knots, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Snipe. A fresh northerly wind picked up on the 13th, although there were still some noteworthy birds around. The Snow Bunting was seen midday on the mountain, and later on was seen on Pencristin; 18 Song Thrushes were seen on the mountain, whilst a Wigeon (new for the year) and a female Teal had arrived into Henllwyn. Waders remaining from the influx over the last few days included two Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins and a single Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit. Four Woodpigeons were seen at Nant on each day, as were seven Shelducks around the Narrows and a Little Owl on Pencristin.

 The first Snow Bunting of the year was found on Pencristin on the 12th
 A single ringed Ringed Plover continues to feed in Solfach, whilst variable numbers are present in Henllwyn
With the large high tides recently, a good-sized flock of around 25 Purple Sandpipers have been sheltering on rocks just south of Solfach each day

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