Friday, 30 March 2018

Today's highlight came from the sea, with Mark picking out a smart male Eider as it powered down the west coast just offshore. Otherwise, there was a small but noticeable increase in sightings from yesterday. A Red-throated Diver, nine Fulmar and 33 Manx Shearwaters were spotted during a seawatch, whilst on land there was a good number of waders recorded, with 131 Oystercatchers, 29 Purple Sandpipers (the highest count this month), only the second Jack Snipe of the year, ten Dunlins, two Whimbrels and 18 Turnstones. A Collared Dove was at Cristin along with the Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Blue tit, whilst migrants included a Redwing, 154 Meadow Pipits, eight Wheatears, 17 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 12 Goldcrests and two Jackdaws. Finches were also on the move, with three Siskin, 11 Goldfinch, three Linnet, a Lesser Redpoll and a Reed Bunting.

Blue Tit caught at Cristin, somewhat of an island scarcity

Lesser Redpoll caught at Cristin

Probably the biggest story of the day is that the picnic benches are back in position in front of the observatory and ready to be sat on for another season. We're probably a little bit biased but this has got to be one of the best spots to watch the sunset on the North Wales coast...

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