Thursday, 18 July 2019

The wind had picked up just slightly today and was blowing from the west. Wader numbers are building with 15 Whimbrels, seven redshanks, eight Common Sandpipers, five turnstones, three Purple Sandpipers and a whopping 49 Curlews moving between Carreg yr Honwy and South End. Also around were two Mediterranean Gulls, both first year birds.
26 of the flock of 49 Curlews off South End. Adult Curlews undergo a wing moult earlier in the year than Whimbrels (which don't start until around September) which can be a useful ID feature when seen from a distance. Look closely to see that many of these birds are moulting their primaries.

Mediterranean Gull
Other birds around include: one Little Owl, 14 Swallows, 23 Rock Pipits, 12 Pied Wagtails, and 19 Wheatears.

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