Saturday, 20 April 2013

It was a disappointingly quiet day bird-wise, made all the more frustrating by the fact that both Subalpine Warbler and Woodchat Shrike have been found in the last 24 hours on the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula just across the Sound! (see Lleyn Birding for details).
There was, however, a noticeable increase in the number of phylloscopus warblers around, with over 60 Willow Warblers and 50 Chiffchaffs recorded, along with smaller numbers of Blackcaps and Goldcrests.
In terms of the slightly more noteworthy species, a female Common Redstart remained on Pen Cristin, two Sedge Warblers and a Grasshopper Warbler were heard in the Withies and Green Lane respectively, two Common Sandpipers were in Solfach and a Hooded Crow flew overhead.
Hirundine movement was much slower than yesterday, with 60 Swallows, 18 Sand Martins and a House Martin recorded. Raptors seen during the day included singles of Merlin, Kestrel and two Sparrowhawks.

 Common Sandpiper
 Over 70 birds were ringed at Cristin during the day, the highlights of which were two smart male Siskins (above) and two Meadow Pipits
 Chiffchaffs made a comeback today in terms of numbers, with almost the same number seen as Willow Warblers

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