Tuesday, 4 August 2015

RSPB Conwy sightings board

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

Happy Birthday to RSPB Conwy!

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.


Pond dipping.

Lesser Whitethroat.

Garden Tiger, one of the moths on display.

An audience with Iolo.


Smooth Newt.

Steve Dodd and a Lesse Whitethroat.

Julian, Robin and Dafydd.

Tony and Karin White

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


On Sunday at 9.15 am I had a Roseatte tern fly out of the colony calling. That afternoon the warden Dawn had an otter again on Tyn llan pool.

Friday, 17 July 2015

RSPB Conwy sightings board

Green sandpiper has been a daily sighting here this week (with two yesterday and today), several common sandpipers are also on the mud, and the black-tailed godwits look superb in their orange plumage - there are 14 here today.  A few dunlins have been seen (three today, for example), and there are already hundreds of redshanks and curlews roosting and feeding here, with whimbrel seen most days.  A knot was seen on the estuary and on the lagoons last weekend, and two greenshanks on Sunday. Best bird of the week was a wood sandpiper last Saturday; unfortunately it didn't stick around.

More sightings on the reserve blog, plus an explanation of where the lagoon goes in summer.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Butterflies and Moths of July - plus a Red foot!

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

Elephant Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

Silver studs on the orange spots.

Sion and the Elephant Hawkmoth

Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor

Silver washed Fritilary

Dark Green Fritilary

Red footed Falcon

Buff tip

Marsh Helliborine

6 spot burnet moth

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth

Buff tip

Friday, 10 July 2015

RSPB Conwy sightings board

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.