Sunday, April 06, 2008

Weekend Ticks

A couple of brief opportunities to tick some Glamorgan long-stayers were taken this weekend.

First on Saturday was Parc Tredelerch, where not a gull was to be seen so I quickly moved on for the Lisvane spotted sandpiper. Close-in views down to just a few yards revealed a few spots to the rear end of the bird but its nowhere near full summer plumage yet. Spring was in evidence with sand martins, chiffchaffs and blackcaps along with a comma and small tortoiseshell on the wing.

Today, I took a quick jaunt to Llwyn-onn Reservoir for the umpteenth time over the last few years and finally caught up with the target bird. This one is nearing full-summer plumage but lacked any pink tones, at least to my eyes in the given light conditions.

The annual Llwyn-onn water pipit is in the middle of this image, honest!