Thursday, July 08, 2010
8th July. Llyn Coed-y-Dinas.
With the water level low, and lots of mud available, the early returning waders/?non-breeders have a better habitat this summer. Although the greenshank seems to have moved on, a Redshank was present this afternoon, together with the probably-summering Little Ringed Plovers (4), a Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatchers. As Brayton Holt arrived, 2 very distant sandpipers were found, and eventually agreed to be Wood Sandpiper. As Brayton was scoping them, a Water Rail appeared in the same view. There are also lots (10-12) of Reed Warblers showing, and my first Comma butterfly of the year was harrassed by an ambitious Willow Warbler. The site is worth a visit in the coming weeks, particularly if a sudden worsening of weather occurs, as that always seems to ground the migrants.