Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Migrating Buzzards

Checked Porth Meudwy again this morning hoping for that Brown Flycatcher to appear... as usual it did not, but there were some nice birds around and the weather was superb; hot and dry with blue skies and a fresh southerly breeze.

A superb Whinchat flycatching from the blackthorns near the car park was a valley tick for me.

Other species included a trickle of hirundines, 12 Robin, 12 Blackbird (influx), 1 Song Thrush, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Chough (again), 30 Jackdaw over, several small flocks of Chaffinch dropping in, a few alba wagtails, Skylarks and 3 Siskin over plus at least 3 Crossbills calling overhead

The resident Little Owl was again sat sunbathing at the window inside one of the outbuildings at Cwrt farm!

Raptors included Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and an interesting flock of  7 1st winter Common Buzzards that flew east over the bottom of the valley. I had a flashback to a similar passage last autumn when there was a kettle of 20+ birds over Uwchmynydd in similar weather. I wonder if such movements are encountered anywhere else in North Wales e.g. Great Orme or South Stack? 

Had to call into town this afternoon and again checked the harbour. Big tides meant there were acres of mud exposed but a bait collector had flushed some birds. Nevertheless waders comprised: 6 Oystercatcher, 80 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper still, 7 Dunlin, 7 Curlew, 43 Redshank, and a Turnstone. A single Sandwich Tern was roosting on one of the buoys while a Kingfisher whistled past.

A Reed Bunting was calling from the Cob Pool which held a few ducks and waders as usual but nothing unusual.

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