Monday, 13 March 2017

The 2017 Observatory staff arrived early in the afternoon on a glorious and still day. Though quieter than the previous few days, a trickle of migrants were still passing through. 146 Meadow Pipits were logged today, and two Swallows were the first of the year. 51 Starlings, ten Goldcrests, eight Stonechats, two Wheatears, two Chiffchaffs and female/immature Black Redstart were all also presumably on the move.

The South End and Carreg yr Honwy viewed from the West Coast

Raptors again featured quite well, with two Peregrines, and singles of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Merlin. 28 Snipes was an excellent count, other waders included 98 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, eight Turnstones, six Curlews, tree Whimbrels and a Purple Sandpiper.

Elsewhere, a young Grey Heron was in the Wetlands, and a Water Rail was “sharming” in the Withies. The first three Sandwich Terns of the year flew south by the Narrows, the only notable sighting from the sea all day.

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