Friday, 15 May 2015

The day started off quite calm and with a promising feel to the air, and indeed there was a good scattering of avian life to be seen. Unfortunately though, the potential bird of the day- a probable Red-breasted Flycatcher in the depths of the New Plantation- gave such a brief appearance without further sign that it will have to remain as just another 'possible' for now. Three White Wagtails, one Flava Wagtail, a Common Redstart, 11 Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Garden Warblers, seven Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, eight Spotted Flycatchers, and two Siskins were the day's passerine migrant tallies, although this does not include a rather impressive southward movement of 75 Sand Martins, 1300 Swallows and 35 House Martins.

There are a few summer-plumaged Turnstones around at the moment

At least one Hooded Crow continues to linger around the trackside, with another two appearing on some days

female Cuckoo


  1. I would like to say that your dedication in updating daily sightings is much appreciated. A rare commodity these days in someone making an effort to share sightings. It is by far my favourite blog and looking forward to not only the sightings but your superb photos.
    I bird watch around Uwchmynydd waiting for the gems to arrive on the main land and sometimes I am lucky enough to see some, by their leg rings. Keep up the good work all of you.

  2. Hi Shirley. Thank you very much for your complimentary comment, and I am glad that you appreciate the sightings updates :) I hope you get some good birds on the Lleyn this spring- it is going a little bit slowly here due to the weather!