Early Chiffchaffs?

My first chiffchaff of the year was a singing male in Treforest on 8 March.  My earliest local bird by some 9 days.  One, possibly two singing birds at Oxwich on 11 March, followed by two non-singing birds at Clydach Vale CP this morning (my earliest ever in the Rhondda), leads me to wonder if there’s been an earlier general arrival of this species across Glamorgan this year.  BirdTrack hints at this too.

Has anyone else noted this locally?

I know we’ve had earlier individuals in the past.




Newton Point to Ogmore Rivermouth

A low tide count for the Non-estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS) resulted in:

Black-headed Gull (116); Carrion Crow (75); Great Black-backed Gull (5); Grey Plover (1); Herring Gull (382); Lesser Black-backed Gull (1); Meadow Pipit (1); Oystercatcher (15); Redshank (2); Ringed Plover (15); Sanderling (2) and Turnstone (2).

Wader numbers low, but surprised to see so many crows using the beach.  A 1CY Herring Gull continually rising and dropping a whelk on the rocks before being robbed by an Oystercatcher was noteworthy too.

There’s still a few vacant sectors along our coast if you’d like to take part in this survey.  See link above.