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Byline: JULIAN HUGHES

THE first week of June is well known among birders as a time when spring migration has almost ended, but goes out with a bang.

Nationally, the bang came on Monday morning when incredulous ringers found a white-throated robin in their mistnet on Hartlepool Head.

The only previous UK record was in Pembrokeshire in 1990, so this was a must-see for hardened twitchers.

The previous day's ringing surprise was closer to home, when a Blyth's reed warbler was found on Hilbre Island.

Both robin and warbler are Asian species, rarely to be found in north west Europe, and even when they do, it's normally in the autumn as young birds become lost.

North Wales didn't miss out on some birding excitement, with news breaking over the weekend of a smart male common rosefinch holding territory for more than a week close to Point Lynas on Anglesey.

Although they have bred in Britain occasionally, they're more frequent on the east coast, so this was a great find by a local who grabbed a digital photo for birders to identify.

If you see a bird you don't recognise, you can always send it to birdnotes.northwales@gmail.com.

The final surprise of the weekend came on Saturday with a red-backed shrike at RSPB Conwy, the second in three years at the reserve.

This female stopped for just one afternoon; wherever she ends up, let's hope she finds a mate. Last year, a pair bred on Dartmoor, the first in Britain for several years.

Conwy also held a curlew sandpiper last week, sharing the mud with a fast-growing little ringed plover chick.

Other breeding news comes from the Dyfi, where osprey chicks have hatched for the first time in 400 years, though the adults were slow to bring in food during their first 24 hours.

The three osprey chicks at Glaslyn are doing well, and a single adult was over Cemlyn Bay late last week, where a roseate tern was photographed, but there have been few records of this rare seabird this year. ? WE'RE still adding nest locations to the Daily Post website as you send in your swallow and house martin records. Please continue to email swallowsandhousemartins @gmail.com as some house martins are only just nest-building. GO BIRDING... TODAY: Walk and Talk Welsh, 11am, RSPB Ynys-hir. SAT: Guided walk, RSPB Conwy, 11am. SAT: Nightjar and glow-worms walk, RSPB Ynys-hir, 9pm. WED: Guided walk, RSPB Conwy, 7pm. SUN: Creature Count, Cemlyn Bay, 2pm (http://tinyurl.com/64pylxl).

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 9, 2011
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