Sunday, 10 January 2021

Golden Plover @ Llanrhian

Interesting to read Davids account of disappearing Golden Plovers on the Cleddau. The opposite has been true here in the north - with numbers on their favoured fields at Llanrhian increasing from a stable 600 through the latter months of 2020, to 1700 early last week (counted from a photo) up to 2500 today. 500 Lapwings with them. These have attracted Peregrine and Merlin. This wintering site is not far from the source of the Western Cleddau.
Other lockdown birds seen lately include a Black Redstart in a suny paddock near Trefin (not on a roof for a change), in the same field as 23 Song Thrush - an influx of many hundreds locally. 2 Chiffchaff on the filter bed at Trefin Sewage works (the glamour of lockdown birding!)
The Whooper Swans just south of Mesur y Dorth have increaded to 10, from the initial 4 found on Nov 14th. A smart male Hen Harrier put up Snipe in the fields south of Trefin last week.
All records from within 2 miles of the house.