Saturday, 13 May 2017

RSPB Conwy sightings board

Surprise of the week was a second calendar year Caspian Gull found on the Deep Lagoon by Marc Hughes this morning. Read more about it on the latest reserve blog, which also features a roundup of recent sightings.

Wheatears continue to be seen most days, the majority now the larger Greenland race, while a few white wagtails are still on the saltmarsh. We've had more whinchats than usual this Spring, the most recent on Monday (8th), the same day as a redstart and yellow wagtail. A blue-headed wagtail was seen during last Saturday's guided walk (6th).

Small numbers of waders are heading north, with whimbrels still seen daily, and a couple of curlews today, the first for a couple of weeks. Five black-tailed godwits fed on the lagoons today (Saturday 13th), while little ringed plover has been seen a couple of times this week. A flock of 200 dunlins was unusual last Saturday (6th), while the best wader of Spring may prove to be a wood sandpiper on Friday 5th.

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