Calling at Rhogo this evening.
Also wheatear at Castle Bank in the gathering.
Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler and Redstart all turned up approx 12 days earlier than recent years. Pair of Wheatear seen on our 16th hole on two seperate days…fingers crossed…been at least 5 years since bred. Male looked big. Northern species ? Good numbers of Linnet and Redpoll. We have a Sparrowhawk causing carnage around the course. Seen her regularly. Snipe on 13th pond. Lots of Pied Wagtails.
Yesterday, the lull before the storm! Peaceful after the melee…I know , we need the visitors! Curlew in evidence-just after I inform Susan that they always sing in flight, this one made me look silly by bursting into his bubbling song as he strolled nonchalantly round near Hirnant. A Whinchat obliged-still only 2 to be seen and a passage of Wheatears-a dozen or so. Finally , a Stoat by the old bridge leading to Elan village ( featured briefly in Hinterland last week-bridge not Stoat!).
Off we go! Again….Pied flies , Reds and Robins-sadly , the latter have a propensity for attacking anything reddish and kept chasing the Redstart-BUT they had a go at the Pied Flies ,who soon saw them off .Thanks to Rob I then found the Wood Warb -up top . They are a wee bit later than the res as per..Later I saw one Stonechat and at undiclosed site… A Shorty. Heard a Curlew in the distance. No sign of Whins.