Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The North West in Bangor

Chris Galvin is coming over to Bangor Birdgroup tomorrow to give us a talk on the North West Year. Please come along to see what Avian delights are on offer in our neighbouring region. Door open at 7 for a 7.30 kick off. Everybody welcome.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pallas's Warbler in Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Ken found one of these Seven striped Sprites in HHBWCP today plus three Ring Ouzels and an influx of Blackcaps.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Equador comes to Bangor

Dr Gareth Jones and Rhion Pritchard (Caernarfonshire Bird Recorder) with be giving a talk tomorrow night (Wednesday) on Equador. They will be showing us what Neotropical Ornithological gems can be seen East and West of the Andes. Doors open at 7pm in the Brambell building for a 7.30 start. All welcome.

Red flanked Bluetail on the Great Orme!

Mike Duckham found a Bluetail on the Great Orme yesterday that was present in the evening. It was in Sycamores behind Grey Gables. Park at Llys Helyg then cross Marine drive and walk up the Asphalt drive to the end.
Great find Mike, well done!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

12 birds still present this evening. I photographed an adult feeding two of its young.

Lapland comes to Anglesey

This was one of the 19 strong flock of Lapland Buntings that was on the North End of the Range at South Stack this morning at SH 213 802. They were a little mobile but very approachable. They prefer the very low new growth heather areas with soil and stones. There were also 2 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears here. I also had a Fieldfare, c.10 Redwings and a pair of Blackcaps at Soldiers point.

RSPB Conwy sightings board

Regular visitors will know that we have had a great white egret at Conwy since mid-July. There was just one previous record here, and although two were seen together in September, nothing prepared us for this week, when Alan Davies counted 6 on the estuary on Thursday 6th. With another six at Burton Mere Wetlands and a couple more in Anglesey, these have - in two days - doubled the number of great white egrets seen in North Wales since records began.  Thanks to Simon Knight for the photo, posted on Twitter.

The great whites are spending most of their time on the estuary, where the tide is still bringing large numbers of small fish in each day, along with hundreds of gulls and a new site record count of little egrets: 132 this morning!

Several birds are clearly loving their stay at Conwy that they don't want to leave: a garganey remains with teal on the shallow lagoon; a female-type scaup is with tufted ducks on the deep lagoon (though a male that had been with it in late September seems to have gone); and there are still several chiffchaffs singing and blackcaps feeding in the scrub.

And wader migration isn't done yet: curlew sandpiper and two jack snipe have been here the last couple of days, a little stint was on the estuary yesterday (7th), ringed plover and bar-tailed godwit on Wednesday (5th), grey plover, knot and spotted redshank on Monday (3rd).

For more bird info, plus news of two new species to the reserve seen in the last couple of weeks, some advance notice of management work, and details of a special Celebrate the Night event, please visit the reserve blog.