Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Cretzchmar's Bunting!!!

Well...what a day!!! Unfortunately it has been a very frustrating day for all but three lucky observers...
At about 1115 this morning, two visiting birders staying for the week photographed this rather stunning adult male bunting on the track near Plas. Shortly after this, the images were shown to Steve Stansfield, and the species was confirmed as being a Cretzchmar's Bunting- a first for Wales and just the sixth record for the UK!!! After the news was radioed out to all the birders on the island, a search took place around Plas to try and relocate the bird. After about an hour, one lucky observer managed to get a brief view of the bird as it dropped down onto the dirt track. Unfortunately, the bird then flew up and into the back garden of the observatory, and was not seen again. The island was covered thoroughly by all birders present, and despite best efforts to relocate this mega bird, we drew a blank. We are hoping that it way re-appear tomorrow, but otherwise you will just have to make do by drooling at Elfyn Lewis's shots of the bird...

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Cretzchmar's Bunting

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