Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Rain delayed any birding for most of the day whilst strong south-westerlies kept blowing through. However, later in the afternoon the winds calmed and the rain stopped resulting in a small fall of birds. As Ollie had just reached Nant, a Golden Oriole was seen flying south towards Cristin, which Ed then picked up as it dropped into the Withies! A Cuckoo was also found as we tried to re-find the oriole, and the Firecrest was heard singing again the plantation.

Golden Oriole © Ed Betteridge

Golden Oriole and Cuckoo © Ollie King

Other bird highlights for the day were 25 Spotted Flycatchers, four Whimbrels, a Curlew, a Common Sandpiper, 11 Turnstones, 12 Purple Sandpipers, 11 Dunlins, 40 Swallows, seven House Martins, a White Wagtail, 10 Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, five Whitethroats and six Sedge Warblers

Firecrest © Ollie King

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