Potentially the bird we travelled down to see could’ve been present since November. The Common Yellowthroat is a stunning brightly coloured warbler and is an American migrant. It was found over a week ago, soon after, it was correctly confirmed and news was out. It’s always stressful prior to planning a visit to twitch a rarity like this one as the bird could disappear at any time. First thing on Sunday morning we were faced with a whole new problem: heavy snow at 6am... nightmare! I could only hope that it would stop and fast as I couldn’t imagine seeing it otherwise.
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After a good 4 hour journey down, we eventually made it. The Common Yellowthroat showed intermittently, but when it did, it gave superb views. It was incredibly stunning and we soaked up the views of this little gem. Everybody behaved exceptionally and respected the privacy and welfare of the bird.
Next stop, we travelled to Cosmoston lakes for the over-wintering Lesser Scaup. This was a fantastic plumaged adult which seems to be a returning bird to
The Bonaparte’s Gull that was also in
sadly wasn’t showing so we decided to
head back north up towards Aberystwyth where a Glossy Ibis was also taking up
residence. In the mean time, we were kept entertained with the good numbers of Red Kites on the journey. After taking the longest diversion route around Borth Bog, we
finally made the journey with spectacular views of this Spanish-born bird. Cardiff