Sunday, 9 March 2014

Anglesey : Signs of Spring

There was still at least 1 Long tailed Duck at Valley Wetlands on Llyn Penrhyn yesterday. A good turn up for the books was Rhys finding the adult Glaucous gull today whilst presumably looking for Jim Clarks immature bird. I wonder if this adult is the returning bird that frequented the Pentraeth Automotive area for years? Theres loads of Gulls in the Rhosneigr area at the mo due to lots of ploughing and muck spreading so it's worth a look if passing. Reg also had a Glauc off Carmel head today, a second calender year bird. Reg also won the prize for the first Sand Martin of the year for our region, again at Carmel head, along with a Chiffchaff. Tony White also had a Chiffy today at the car park by Wylfa woods.I twitched it with no joy but Goldcrests and Treecreepers were in full song and very photogenic.Birds at Cemlyn today included 2 Snow Buntings on the islands, probably of the frostier yet scarcer Scandinavian race. Upto 6 Med gulls were with the accumulating flock of Blackheads.Theres also c100+ Goldies roosting on the island, I'm sure were overdue an American!  2 Red throated divers were in the bay and 2 Little Egret and c.100 Wigeon were on the lagoon.. At least 5 Purple Sands, 8 Grey Plovers and the over-wintering Whimbrel were on the rocky coastline by the Trwyn (west end). Mippets and Pied Wags are on the move with 50 - 100 at Cemlyn (Mips) and a few hundred at Carmel Head. I also had a flock of c.300 near the Range plus a few Chough and a Nordic-esque Jacky with c.50 Jackdaws on the access road upto South Stack cafe. 
Spring is in the air.

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