Sunday, 18 September 2016
RSPB Conwy sightings board
Bird of the week was the second pectoral sandpiper of the Autumn, found and identified by call (but not seen) by Mike Duckham on Monday (12th) evening. It was seen on Tuesday morning, but not again. Photo by Marc Hughes from Twitter (@marcbuzzard).
Thursday (15th) proved a good day for waders, with little stint, curlew sandpiper, grey plover, knot, greenshank, common sandpiper and 40 dunlins. Several of these remained to the weekend, with two bar-tailed godwits on Saturday (17th).
Our long-staying great white egret was joined by a second bird on Wednesday, so perhaps we've had two for a while, just not together? A spoonbill flew over the reserve on Wednesday (14th) and Thursday (15th), but headed upriver and wasn't seen to land. The flush of small fish into the estuary, featured in last week's blog, brought four Sandwich terns on Tuesday (13th) and 20 on Thursday (15th), plus 44 cormorants, a high count for the south side of the bridge. A guillemot was another unusual visitor to the estuary on Thursday, perhaps lost in the sea fog that enveloped the coast that day. Our long-staying garganey was seen on Wednesday (14th) and Saturday (17th), with a pintail and two choughs also recorded on Wednesday.
For more of this week's sightings at the reserve, visit the blog.