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Firecrest on Southward Lane
A little run of yellow wagtails at the marsh in the last ten days, including different birds roosting with pied/white wags on Friday and Saturday.
Quiet for migrants with small numbers of reed and sedge warbler, a whitethroat and a tree pipit captured during the Welsh Ringing Course.
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Yellow wagtail yesterday. More info and photos here.
Good numbers of tree pipits, grasshopper warbler, a few garden warbler today. Over 500 birds captured by the ringing team in the past week. For more information and photos, see LINK
pic below: garden warbler
Small numbers of common migrants moving through of late including garden warbler, tree pipit (below) and grasshopper warbler. For latest ringing news see LINK
Yesterday: 4-5 tree pipits, garden warbler, kingfisher. Almost 150 birds ringed this week. For more information follow the LINK
56 sedge warblers, 33 reed warblers, 23 willow warblers, 2 grasshopper warblers among 181 birds this morning.
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Crossbill in the pine trees at Langland Corner this morning
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Photo: the first juvenile stonechat of the year at Oxwich (Keith Vaughton)
A singing lesser whitethroat in the dunes and two grasshopper warbler on the marsh (including a breeding female). More information on recent ringing sessions is HERE
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Two jack snipe still present. Six little egrets in the roost.
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Apologies for the non-sighting post.
On Fri 24th Mar there will be an indoor meeting at the Environment Centre, Pier St, Swansea. A talk will be given on long-term monitoring of Pied Flycatchers at Cwm Clydach’ by Heather Coats
Following this there will be a overview of the ringing year at Oxwich by Owain Gabb.
The meeting will start at 19:15. It will be £1 on the door to cover costs of room hire.
A few chiffchaffs, including a singing bird, a sand martin, 7 little egrets in the roost, and a goshawk tussling with two buzzards late morning.
Snipe numbers down. Jack and common snipe still present though.
Finch numbers high. Probably 100+ goldfinch in the area, along with smaller numbers of chaffinch and siskin.
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Great northern diver close inshore off Oxwich Bay Hotel
32 sanderling on the foreshore
9 shoveler with teal and mallard on the South Pond
Apologies for the non-sighting related post.
Dr Rachel Taylor of the BTO will be talking to GOS at the Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea on ‘The Plight of the Curlew’ this Friday 24th Feb. The only cost is £1 on the door.
Rachel has been one of a team using satellite tagging to understand the ranging behaviour of curlew during the breeding season and the various factors affecting their conservation.
Curlew is now absent as a breeding species from much of South Wales, and productivity is rare in Powys. It will be interesting to hear whether she thinks a recovery is possible, and how this could be achieved.
47 snipe and at least 4 jack snipe this morning.
6 little egret in the roost
Siskin back on the marsh for the first time in a few months.
A summary of the ringing session is HERE
At least 60 common snipe and 3 jack snipe present this morning. Seven little egrets leaving the North Pond roost at dawn.
A ringing summary for Oxwich in January 2017 can be found be clicking HERE
Rhossili: chance meeting saw Chris Brewer, Alistair Flanagan and I spend an hour or two together looking across the bay. No sign of the long-tailed ducks this morning, with the best bird being a red-throated diver. Scoter flock broken up into numerous groups and mainly distant.
Mumbles Pier: 58 turnstone, 1 purple sandpiper and 9 redshank on the old pier end at high tide. Nothing on the sea.
Oxwich: no proper count but farm more ducks on the South Pond at present, including c. 60 teal this morning. Decent number of common snipe in the marsh, but no jacks seen today.