Saturday, 9 April 2011
Dotterel - Great Orme 9th April
Highlight of an excellent morning was a superb Dotterel by the cairn on the limestone pavements. The bird was flighty early a.m., but soon settled on the short grass near the cairn and was extremely confiding and even ran towards me to a distance of 10 yards at one stage. The bird was still present at 9.40am at least. Other highlights included a Mealy Redpoll which alighted briefly on the wall with 7 Lesser Redpoll. Redpoll passage was excellent with 300+ birds flying west and some groups of up to 70! Another highlight was a stonking full summer plumaged 'northern' Golden Plover. Three male Ring Ouzels showed well at the norh end and over 50 Wheatears were present including several Greenland birds. Two flavissima Yellow Wagtails joined the constant westward movement of Meadow pipits, as did three Tree Pipits. The churchyard held 2 Crossbill, 5 Blackcap and over 20 Willow Warbler were on the headland. Sounds a bit more like May doesn't it?!