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    Migration affected by bad weather

    NewsBird NewsWednesday 11 July 2012
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    The weather at Llanelli wetland centre has altered bird migration patterns.

    About 800 curlews, not normally seen until late August, were early arrivals, as well as 100 redshank, 90 oystercatcher and 190 black-tailed godwit had also flown in early.

    According to BBC, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) said the weather is also affecting breeding patterns.

    Quoted by BBC, Pamela Styles, the WWT's learning assistant at Llanelli, said: "2012 has been a year of unpredictable weather, and many birds have already been affected.

    "We have heard chiffchaffs singing autumn calls in May, the flamingos have laid their eggs two weeks late, the gull-billed tern showed up having been blown off course, and now we are seeing the arrival of hundreds of autumn migratory birds - returning to us over a month earlier than usual.”

    "Birds we normally associate with the autumn and winter have arrived on the reserve in numbers usually not seen until at least August, including over 800 curlew, three whimbrel, 10 greenshank, 100 redshank, 90 oystercatchers and 190 black-tailed godwits."
     

    Source: BBC News

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