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Iceland Gull at Pentre /Mawr.

Byline: With Julian Hughes BIRD NOTES

Iceland Gull at Pentre |Mawr Park PICTURE: CHRIS JONES LATE winter can be the least exciting season for birders. January's initial enthusiasm has waned, some winter visitors have started to head east, yet our first spring migrants are still a tantalising few weeks away.

But dedicated birders still search, and find. Last week, among thousands of gulls feeding on the beach and offshore at Pensarn, was a juvenile Iceland Gull.

A "white-winger" (all our regular gulls have black wingtips), it found a home in Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele, coming to food provided by photographers: something it presumably doesn't get in its native Iceland.

A Green-winged Teal is on the Afon Seiont, in the centre of Caernarfon. This is a North American species, superficially similar to the Eurasian Teal that is common in North Wales each winter.

It's probably arrived in a previous autumn, and has been moving around Europe since.

A Common or Arctic Tern was an intriguing record from Point of Ayr and Gronant late last week, eight weeks ahead of schedule.

Long-stayers include a Black-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver in Holyhead Harbour, Slavonian Grebes in Beddmanarch Bay, a Surf Scoter off Pensarn, and Long-tailed Ducks off Criccieth. A Water Pipit was on Porthmadog Cob at the weekend.

The weekend's "supertide" pushed Purple Sandpipers onto sea defences at Trearddur Bay, Cemlyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea, and a Slavonian Grebe onto the Dee at Connah's Quay.

Spotted Redshanks and Twite remain at the nearby nature reserve, with Bewick's Swans near Shotwick boating lake, Flintshire.

Writer Mark Cocker gives a special lecture in Bangor tonight at the Thoday Building, Deiniol Road, 7.30pm. He will be talking about his magnus opus, Birds and People.

| See www.dailypost.co.|uk/all-about/bird-notes for this week's local events.

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Date:Feb 26, 2015
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