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LEAVING Ireland this week was made very tough as the two American yellow warblers which appeared in Co Cork last week were added to with another duo, a solitary sandpiper and northern waterthrush, both supreme vagrants from the States - I didn't get to see any despite being in the country.

However, many people did make the journey to see all three species on Cape Clear Island in the far south west of Ireland. The two yellow warblers comprise the 3rd and 4th records for Ireland whilst the first of only five records in Britain was in 1964 on Bardsey, Gwynedd. None, as yet have reached the mainland.

Back home, there was a marked increase in the amount of birds on the move but those of you watching birds in your garden may have recently noticed fewer birds visiting. This is a temporary lull until the natural food supplies start to dwindle and birds begin to take advantage of other food sources such as garden feeders.

Migrants on Llandudno's Great Orme included garden warbler, pied flycatcher, wheatear, nuthatch and an interesting leucistic spotted flycatcher.

Leucistic is a term used to describe birds with a dilute form of albinism where an overall pigment is lacking on the body.

Also in the area the wood sandpiper remained on a flooded field outside Holyhead.

A spoonbill was at Connah's Quay and merlin and hen harrier hunted over Burton Marsh, Wirral, and Mediterranean gulls remained with the gull flock at Morfa Madryn, Llanfairfechan.


A leucistic spotted flycatcher seen on the Great Orme
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2008
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