Friday, 4 May 2012

It was a much quieter day bird-wise, with the most notable sightings of the day being the first Turtle Dove of the year in Plas Withy, a Short-eared Owl on the west side, a Cuckoo, a male Snow Bunting on the Narrows, a Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher. 231 Wheatears were seen around the coast, a Swift, 14 Sand Martins, 186 Swallows and seven House Martins passed overhead and a Tree Pipit, two Song Thrushes, a Grasshopper Warbler, eight Sedge Warblers and eight Whitethroats were amongst a scattering of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. Wader numbers continue to build, with 33 Dunlins, four Turnstones, two Common Sandpipers and a Sanderling present in Solfach at high tide, and a Snipe was seen elsewhere.

 A few interesting-looking Chiffchaffs have been seen recently, with one also trapped at Nant-whether or not these birds are tristis is not certain
 Sedge Warbler
At least three pairs of Stonechats have hatched out a couple of chicks each so far

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