Friday, 16 March 2012

The weather finally deteriorated today, with strong Southerly winds and heavy rain coming in late in the afternoon. There were very few new arrivals due to the conditions, although a first-winter Mediterranean Gull in Henllwyn was the first for some time, six Wheatears were on the South end with the male Lapland Bunting and a Black Redstart was seen at Cristin. Three Reed Buntings were amongst the Meadow Pipits, still numbering at a healthy 366 individuals, whilst 108 Chaffinches in the cow field near Ty Capel was the highest total of the year. A single Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaffs and 43 Goldcrests were mostly residue from yesterday, as was three Fieldfares, two Song Thrushes and seven Redwings.

Having made the 17, 000km trip to Argentina just four or so months ago, the Manx Shearwaters are now coming back, another 17, 000km, and will be arriving back to their nesting sites over the next month or so. A few are being seen every night at the moment.


Lapland Bunting

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