Thursday, 12 April 2012

Phylloscs and Sylvia

Headed down the patch this morning - managing to forget my new camera and phone on the way!

Weather was typical April. Cool, dry, looming cumulus clouds scudding across the blue sky and warm sunshine when you could get out of the cold northerly wind.

Very few migrants were around Mynydd Mawr - two Northern Wheatears were knocking about, two Barn Swallows, a Sand Martin, a couple of Goldfinch and four Siskin headed over. One of the resident male Stonechats was carrying food to the nest and two male Yellowhammers continue to delight with their song and good looks.

Porth Meudwy was full of birds, mostly singing residents. Highlights were at least six Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaff and 7 Willow Warblers. A Greenfinch was busy with it's wonderful bat like display flight and a Lesser Redpoll dropped in briefly to the Blackthorn. Can't be long before we get a spot of rain and a decent fall of migrants!


  1. Andy
    Thanks for your info on the "Scoter" at Porthdinllain. Managed to see it but it disappeared after the rain on BH Monday! Had a good week on the Llyn; Little Egret at Pwllheli; scattering of hirundines, willow W., chiffies, white wags. Funnily no Sand martins at the nesting cliffs at Porthdinllain or Nefyn. Sea passage was relatively poor except for the the rainy Bank Holiday Monday when I should of gone to the point but wimped out - that's a soft Midlander for you!

    I'll be back in August so will continue to follow your blog 'til then
    Dave Emley

  2. Hi Dave

    Glad you had a good trip and managed to connect with the scoter. Had a brief look for it today but no sign. Hopefully it will return next winter!

    Good Birding