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Byline: ROBIN SANDHAM

ALL OF a sudden our more usual summer weather has resumed, along with it is the typical quiet period of July when not a lot happens. I'm not keen on the word "doldrums" but the pace is a bit like that during midsummer: the last of the young birds are fledging and most of the adults which have finished breeding are in moult and become temporarily sedentary.

You just never know though, the next mega rarity might be round the next corner and July has a past record of producing a rare tern or two! Otherwise a rare wader might be discovered.

Little Stints and Green and Curlew Sandpipers will be signs of new birds on the move and they should start appearing in the next couple of weeks or so.

There are still amazing sights to catch up with and the tens of thousands of Manx Shearwaters continue to feed en masse just off the Ceredigion coast at Borth.

A bit further along the coast at Llanrhystyd is a flock of more than 100 Mediterranean Gulls which is now an annual occurrence.

With the jet stream moving around and strong winds affecting parts of the North West, any opportunity to do a sea-watch might prove productive.

This involves looking for seabirds from a headland or coastal vantage and scanning with a telescope for birds such as shearwaters and petrels in an onshore wind.

The wind has certainly stirred things up in the Atlantic - places such as Cornwall are already seeing early records of birds such as Wilson's Petrel and Great Shearwaters. GO BIRDING SAT: RSPB Conwy Saturday wildlife walk 11am-1pm (also summer evening stroll each Wednesday), 01492 584091 or conwy@rspb.org.uk.

The last of the Puffin Island boat cruises is on August 11. There are four sailings a day, each of 1.5 hours. Booking: 02920 353010.

TUES, JULY 31: Lake Vyrnwy RSPB guided walk, 1pm-3pm. Booking essential: 01691 870939.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2012
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