Monday, 10 May 2010


Two fine Whinchat were on the Great Orme this morning, one on the limestones and one above Millionnaire's row. A scattering of 10+ Wheatears were also here, mostly Greenlabnd with a couple of nominate birds thrown in. No sign of any warblers today but a handfull of Redpoll on the move. One bird looked particullarly heavy, pale below and I'm sure its call was slightly different on the ear than the usual Lesser Redpolls - the Common Redpoll that got
away I think. Eight Swallows flew west.
Offshore were 20+ Sandwhich Tern and a numer of Gannets.
Later during the morning julian Hughes RSPB warden at Conwy called to say he was watching a fine Wood Sanpiper on the reserve. Wood Sand is rare in North wales, being less than annual, so I was tempted away from the patch for once. Great views were had of the Sandpiper as it fed sometimes alongside a Common Sand. It even started calling on one occassion.

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