Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wednesday...................it must be a flycatcher!

For the last ten consecutive Wednesday mornings we have been patiently monitoring the Pied Flycatcher RAS at RSPB Cwm Clydach so it was a change to spend a pleasant sunny Wednesday morning at our site in the grounds of Margam Country Park. It was an ideal opportunity for our new trainee Phil to get his hands on a few birds in a relaxed atmosphere and he was quickly rewarded with a Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap. The third bird extracted from the nets was a flycatcher - however this time it was one of the spotted variety - a first for Chris.

 Juvenile Grey Wagtail

Adult Spotted Flycatcher

Despite the hot and sunny weather there was a steady catch through the morning until 10:30 and then it was a change of pace and an opportunity to monitor a couple of swallow nests in some of the Park's outbuildings.


Species
Adult
Juvenile
Pulli
Swallow


9
Grey Wagtail

1

Wren
2
2

Dunnock
2


Robin
1
2

Blackbird
1


Song Thrush

2

Blackcap
2
2

Chiffchaff
1
3

Spotted Flycatcher
1


Greenfinch
3



13
12
9


A big thanks to Heather Coats, Chris Newberry and Phil Mead for their company this morning and to Alison Lloyd (Margam Park) for putting us in touch with the swallows.

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