Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The H.W.R. Summary for March

  The lone Snow Bunting remained at Borth as did the Ring-necked Duck on Trisant lakes (both to 4th). A Great Northern Diver was seen by Edward O’Connor (2nd) and a Glaucous Gull by Richard Williams and Black-throated Diver by Kendal and Viv Evans (12th) at New Quay. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Borth Bog (12th) by Mike Bailey and David Price also saw one plus a Glaucous Gull at Aberaeron (25th). A Caspian Gull was at Llanrhystud (27th), another great gull find by EOC (and all photographed). Three Cranes flew up from Pembrokeshire and were seen flying north near New Quay by VE (25th).
  A Garganey was noted by Tom K at Ynys-hir (28th) and at Glandwr by MB (29th). Both a Marsh and Hen Harrier and Great White Egret lingered at the Dyfi estuary as did Cross Inn Forest’s Great Grey Shrike. Aberystwyth’s Purple Sandpipers remained, peaking at 10.
  Early migrants were 15 Sand Martins at the Teifi Marshes (10th), two Wheatears at Tanybwlch (11th), a Swallow at Mwnt and Sandwich Tern at Llansantffraed (22nd) and Willow Warbler near Clarach (27th).
  There were counts of 197 Shelduck, 134 Pintail, 45 Knot, 2 Jack Snipe (4th) and 118 Grey Plover (14th). 230 Curlew, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit and 220 Redshank (31st). Only 22 Greenland White-fronted Geese were present and at Ynys-hir there was a Green Sandpiper (13th), Little Ringed Plover (25th) and Common Sandpiper (28th). Two Water Pipits were at the Clettwr (8th) and 65 Golden Plover at Ynyslas (31st).
 A Cors Caron survey by Andy Polkey produced 126 Wigeon, 202 Teal, 37 Lapwing, 35 Curlew, 26 Snipe and two Jack Snipe (12th). A Scaup was still at Llyn Eiddwen (9th and 11th). 50 Fieldfares were at Cwmystwyth (28th).
  At the coast 702 Golden Plovers (23rd), 350 Linnets (26th), three Little Ringed Plovers and a Merlin (26th) were at Llanrhystud.