Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Phalarope eases the Sibe Warbler pain!

These late sunrises are no good allowing very little birding before work. Add to that the pain of missing a very showy Yellow browed warbler on the Orme yesterday meant that a birding fix was a must today. I saw an opportunity at lunchtime between a visit to two Llanfairfechan schools, to visit the saltmarsh at Glan y Mor and boy I wasn't to be disappointed. The saltmarsh was flooded with hardly any of the spit showing and the flooded area was a cacophany of birds.

A fine Grey Phalarope was the highlight, feeding amongst the Oycs on the spit (thanks to gentleman who pointed it out - I owe you one), and was still present feeding on the saltmarsh itself later on appartently (Pete Latham at 2.30pm). Seven Pale bellied Brent Geese were present with 100+ Pintails, 150+ Eurasian Wigeon and good numbers of Teal. Waders were well represented with a single juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Bar tailed Godwits, 4 Black tailed Godwits, 8 Knot, hundreds of Curlew and Oysterctachers, 9 Dunlin and 12 Ringed polver (including a  juvenile bird with an orange flag on its leg). A Peregrine caused panics at one stage and at least 9 Little Egrets were present.

Not a bad lunchtime!

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