Friday, 23 March 2012

Wheatears at last

Weather conditions were good today - dry, light winds and a blanket of high cloud that broke in the afternoon to produce lovely warm sunshine.

I started the day at Mynydd Mawr where a trickle of visible migration was evident: 3 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 9 Linnet, and a redpoll sp. while the local Stonechats, Yellowhammers and Choughs were scatterred over the heath and song-flighting Meadow Pipits were dropping out of the sky everywhere.

Porth Meudwy held the usual suspects including a cracking male Sparrowhawk and eight each of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest. I bumped into the Eddie and his relatives Richard and Chloe and was encouraged to return to the headland. Pwll Bron-llwyn gave us two each of Snipe and Jack Snipe while back around Mynydd Mawr a Chiffchaff was in the gorse, five alba wagtails included a probable 1st summer female White' and three Wheatears were seen - here at last!

A quick check of Aberdaron Bay on the way home was worthwhile with a site mega offshore- a beautiful breeding plumage Great Crested Grebe, my first ever record for the village. Lovely weather, great company and some decent birds made for a good day.

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