Thursday, 5 May 2011

Great Orme migrants - May 5th and Black Red sex!

Less birds on the Orme today despite the torrential downpour late afternoon. This morning produced great views of 3 Yellow Wagtails, all males, while 6 Tree Pipits buzzed overhead too. 25+ Wheatears were still present while a single Sedge Warbler was in the churchyard this evening. The Black Redstart was very obliging and showed well along the wall. Although put out as a female Black Redstart initially, could it be a very dull 1st summer male? Do females show such an obvious pale panel on the tertials. I'd be inetersted to hear your thoughts - any ringers out there got a spring trap handy?
Hirundines were on the move all day, with many moving through after the 4pm heavy shower. Mostly Swallows but several of both Martin species amongst them.


  1. Think its a male Marc although started panicking when I saw the title-thought you'd timed it badly (depending how you look at it) for some dodgey goings on!

  2. I agree Marc, I too thought it looked like a male when I saw it yesterday, started thinking about a two-bird theory!!
    the Doc