Thirteen Bee-eaters on the Llyn!

On 9th May an astonishing flock of 13 Bee-eaters arrived on the Llyn peninsula, near Uwchmynydd. This was an unprecedented number for Wales and what’s more they landed next door to a ringer’s garden and two were ringed. This must be the best lock-down ringing event of the current pandemic! The birds stayed around for at least four days including some cold northerly winds, but had disappeared on 14th May and two days later a flock of 13 Bee-eaters was seen over Budleigh Salterton in Devon, where they roosted overnight. Surely this must have been the same flock of birds – it looks as if they’ve now learnt the error of their ways and headed back to warmer climes. Photos by Ben Porter and Phil Belman.

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