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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Snow Buntings still at Whiteford

Rob Colley informed me at a meeting earlier this evening that he had seen 4 Snow Buntings, this afternoon. They were along the strand line on Whiteford Sands before flying north, possibly across the estuary in the direction of Cefn Sidan, where some have been reported recently. What was interesting to me was that Rob believes the birds he saw today were all female types. The birds I saw earlier this month were predominantly males, at least 4 of the 6 were males.
It is quite possible that between the two sites either side of the estuary that a sizable flock of Snow Buntings has wintered, maybe 10 or more. Rob informed me that he has seen small flocks of Snow Buntings moving between the two sites in the past, or at least made observations that would support this theory.
Whatever the case it's good to know the area is holding good numbers of Snow Buntings this winter and maybe with this the chance of a Shorelark dropping in if we're lucky. Definitely worth a look in my opinion.
Also today Rob found 1 each of Guillemot, Razorbill and Puffin washed up dead along Whitford Beach.

1 comment:

Rob Hunt said...

The 4 birds I saw at Cefn Sidan on 18th were all males, which then flew off towards Whiteford. On the subject of tide-line corpses, we had 12 Razorbills, 11 Guillemots, 2 Puffins, 4 Kittiwakes and a Fulmar along c1.5 miles of Cefn Sidan this morning