Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Wader movement evident at the reserve this week, attracted by the falling water levels on the lagoons. One or two green sandpipers have been here most days for the last fortnight, a curlew sandpiper and ringed plover were seen yesterday (3rd), and there are several whimbrels on the estuary which come onto the lagoon islands at high tide. Up to 14 dunlins and 10 black-tailed godwits have been seen this week, a turnstone was reported last Wednesday (29th), two greenshanks and a grey plover on 25th.
These and other sightings on our updated blog: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/conwy/b/conwy-blog/archive/2015/08/04/name-that-moth-in-five-or-six.aspx
Thanks to Aled Williams for the black-tailed godwits photo.
Friday, 31 July 2015
Another cracking experience with the Nightjars at Llyn Bodgynydd last night.One male churring. Heard one calling nearby so walked up the gravel path and one was on the path,a young bird I think,as it was calling all the time. I got to within 10 feet of it giving cracking views. It flew off several times but returned to the same spot,but even closer to me. If you go up there do not bother with midge repellent,just take your thermals,it was freezing up there !
Sunday, 26 July 2015
I headed over to RSPB Conwy with the family and my Dad to celebrate it's 20th Birthday yesterday afternoon which co-incided (thankfully) with the best weather of the weekend. There was plenty to do with a good selection of stalls, pond-dipping, bird-ringing demo, moths, tombola and Ice-cream! Also Iolo Williams made a speech and cut the cake to officially wish Conwy RSPB a Happy 20th Birthday. Penblwydd hapus :-)
|Iolo and the boys.|
|Garden Tiger, one of the moths on display.|
|An audience with Iolo.|
|Steve Dodd and a Lesse Whitethroat.|
|Julian, Robin and Dafydd.|
|Tony and Karin White|
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Friday, 17 July 2015
More sightings on the reserve blog, plus an explanation of where the lagoon goes in summer.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
As it's quite a quiet time of year for birding there's always plenty of other things to go looking for. The Silver-studded Blues are showing well at South Stack as are the Dark green Fritillaries at Aberffraw common. There's plenty of other good things there also included Banded Demoiselles and Marsh Helliborine Orchids. The moth trap tends to attract pretty cool moths this time of year including Large and Small Elephant, Poplar and Eyed Hawk-moths. Further afield this weekend I popped down to Northants to Fermyn Woods to see the beautiful Purple Emperor and Silver washed Fritillary and on the way back the very tame Red footed Falcon in North Staffs. All in all a pretty productive weekend.
|Silver-studed blues are on the wing at South Stack|
|Silver studs on the orange spots.|
|Sion and the Elephant Hawkmoth|
|Silver washed Fritilary|
|Dark Green Fritilary|
|Red footed Falcon|
|6 spot burnet moth|
|Small Elephant Hawkmoth|
Friday, 10 July 2015
Water levels and mud conditions look just right on the lagoons at the moment, and we're starting to see some passage waders: green sandpiper, little-ringed plovers, knot and black-tailed godwits in recent days.
Elsewhere on the reserve, the weekly blog is mostly about dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and moths. The orchids are almost over, but there are plenty of other wild flowers to get to grips with.