Sunday, 14 July 2013

Avocet, waders, passerine migrants and Orme Orchid

A few birds are starting to trickle through on return passage. An Avocet is on the Cob at Porthmadog today while The River Clwyd has held Greenshank, Common Sandpipers and Whimbrel over the past few days. Conwy RSPB has a Green Sandpiper too and a Whimbrel is in with the ever increasing Curlew flock between Penrhyn Bay and Rhos on Sea. Passerine migrants are starting to show up and the hawthorns on the Orme held two juvenile Redstarts this morning, while Conwy RSPB also has juv Redstart and a Yellow Wagtail (an unusual July recoird for around here). Black Guillemots are on the Great and Little Orme while a Puffin is also being seen on and off below the Great Orme lighthouse. Crossbills are still trickling through, three on the Orme this morning and a few over Penrhyn Bay mid week. While looking for seabirds below the Orme this morning, I came across a few lovely Dark Red Helleborine Orchids in the cliffs. They seem to be at their very best at the moment and serve as an added bonus while birding the Orme mid summer.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you saw them Marc ...I was hoping you saw my FB page . Would have happily provided directions ....I looked in your area for over an hour with no luck . But saw 11 on the drive down , oh and i had another 3 on the south facing slopes too . Take it easy and if you see Spiked Speedwell give us a nod !!! ...For that matter any any of the Orme specialities would be great