Scarce birds have been hard to find this week, but two Great White Egrets and up to five Spotted Redshanks remain at Connah's Quay, and a Spotted Crake
was seen briefly at Gronant.
There could be Baillon's Crake or Little or Spotted Crake
and Water Rail, all of which have, to date, eluded me in Egypt.
Directly benefit through habitat restoration several resident breeding birds listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive, including little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), spotted crake
(Porzana porzana), black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) and stonechat (Saxicola rubicola), and also for wintering and migrating birds who use the area for resting and foraging, such as the tundra bean goose (Anser serrirostris), the white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) and the common crane (Grus grus).
We're also delighted that our habitat management elsewhere on the reserve is currently giving a home to a spotted crake
- a scarce migrant visitor to Wales.
On the border, a spotted crake
has been at RSPB Inner Marsh Farm.
In addition to these two main target species, project actions will also focus on another four species listed in the Birds Directive: purple heron (Ardea purpurea), spotted crake
(Porzana porzana), Savi%s warbler (Locustella luscinoides) and sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), along with several other bird species associated with reed beds.
A crake found dead at Aberdyfi in 1932 was initially identified as a Baillon's crake, then labelled a spotted crake
and, thanks to its appearance at a Christmas quiz, it has now been added to the Welsh list as a sora rail from North America
A SPOTTED crake
entertained birdwatchers in Norfolk recently.
In Lithuania, the natural re-flooding of former peat extraction sites and the growth of patches of sedge-grass attract breeding spotted crake
and migratory common crane.
RSPB Conwy was centre of local birding attention last week when a juvenile spotted crake
was stalking the edge of the reedbed.