Sunday, 25 August 2019

Today the wind was light and from the east with bands of low cloud moving through creating perfect conditions to drop things in.

Today was one of, if not the best days birding all year. Although nothing spectacular was found there were good numbers of common things and a huge variety of birds around, found by the team who were all out for the vast majority of the day!
The day started with some ringing and from this it was clear there were birds around with Pied Flycatchers at the observatory and nant as well as Spotted Flycatchers and plenty of Willow Warblers. Then at the south end Willow Warblers, Sedge Warblers and the first Whinchat of the day filled the gorse and birds started to pour south in between the waves of low cloud. House Martins were the most abundant with 141 birds heading south in groups in a two hour period along with 70 Swallows and 37 Sand Martins. Alba Wagtails were also on the move with Meadow Pipits with 61 and 97 each flying south. Then more Whinchats started to be found with a day count of seven, a Black Tern and Little Egret went south down the west coast, a strange record of a juvenile Great-crested Grebe was found in nant valley and Tree Pipits were regular, a record day count this year of 30 were seen/heard.

Day totals included a single Teal, a single Collared Dove, six Swift, 44 Sand Martins, 118 Swallows, 196 Meadow Pipits, 145 White Wagtails, 29 Wheatear, 11 Robins, six Sedge Warblers, 17 Whitethroats, a single Blackcap, six Chiffchaff, 169 Willow Warblers, 24 Goldcrests, 11 Spotted Flycatchers and seven Pied Flycatchers.

Pied Flycatcher

One of at least 12 Risso's off the south end

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