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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

PACIFIC DIVERS IN PEMBROKESHIRE AND ON SCILLY......AND FIRST RETURNING SUMMER MIGRANTS WITH THE WIND CHANGE

A SAND MARTIN was seen today in Cornwall (at Marazion Marsh RSPB), with a BARN SWALLOW in Oxfordshire, the first signs that a switch to SW winds is spurning on migration. Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers are also returning to sites inland

News from Richard Dobbins, Dave Astins & Paul Grennard is of an adult PACIFIC DIVER moulting into summer plumage at Llys-y-fran Reservoir in Pembrokeshire. The bird was first seen late on Sunday evening and remained present until just after 0900 hours on Monday morning. It has not been seen since.
The diver is no doubt the same bird which has appeared the last two winters at the site and appears to favour the stretch of water down towards the hide on the far side of the reservoir.

A further PACIFIC DIVER, present since at least December 2008, was seen off Innisidgen, Bar Point and Pelistry, St Mary's (Isles of Scilly) today, swimming between St Mary's and the Eastern Isles.