Monday, 26 September 2011

Lleyn Crossbills & Curlew Sandpiper

Highlights of a walk with the Cambrian Ornithological Society today were several mobile groups of Crossbill in the conifer plantations by Ty'n y Parc, Rhiw. We recorded 6 flying over then a flock of 14 birds followed by 9. I suspect that these were all different birds at what is proving to be a reliable site for the species. A good flock of 40+ Siskin and a single Lesser Redpoll were around the alders by the new ponds here with a nice selection of other typical woodland birds in the area including Long-tailed Tits and Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Jay.
After lunch the group visited Pwllheli Harbour. Highlights were Kingfisher, two adult Mediterranean Gulls on the Cob Pool, great views of at least one Peregrine buzzing over the water and a selection of waders including  Curlew Sandpiper and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit. 

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