Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Are you a birder living in, or near, North West Wales? We'd love to see you for a BTO Cymru event at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh on Saturday 29th April, at 10:30 am. It’s a warm welcome to all birders young and old, new or experienced.

This will be a relaxed event where we will update participants on BTO’s activities across Wales, provide some free training, a friendly quiz, and (weather permitting) a bit of birding. It is open to all existing members and volunteers, and anybody ne...w who wants to get involved with the BTO for the first time.


We look forward to seeing you. There is plenty of parking around the back of the office.
With best wishes

Ian Hawkins (BTO Anglesey Regional Rep)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Anglesey News

At Cemlyn on the 9th there was a Grasshopper Warbler, Common Sandpiper, overwintering Whimbrel, 30 White Wags, 2 Hoodies, 15 Med Gulls and a Tree Pipit over. 2 Iceland Gulls were still on the ploughed field on the west side of Bodafon Mountain but no sign of the 2 Glaucs seen earlier in the week. 1 Garganey and 4 Marsh Harriers were also at Malltraeth RSPB yesterday.
On the 6th there were upto 7 Cattle Egrets in the Malltraeth Cob- Pont Marquis area. The 2 extra birds could have been the two birds Martin found 1 mile west of Llyn Llygeirain on the 3rd that I saw fly off towards Church bay. BN Grebe was still on the Inland sea on the 5th. The Summer Plumaged Slav appeared on Llyn Llewennan on the 3rd. No sign on the 4th and 5th but the LT Duck was joined by a Scaup and a Great White egret. Also last weekend, my highlight was seeing the cracking male British Yellow Wagtail at Cemlyn. Also this high pressure this weekend has seen a good arrival of many other summer migrants.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

RSPB Conwy sightings

Of the 17 regular Summer migrants that we expect to record on the reserve each year, 10 had already been seen by 8 April, and five of these (shown in yellow below) were on their earliest dates since we've been keeping records.

Two great white egrets were a welcome surprise this morning, one hanging out with the grey heronsand little egrets in Benarth heronry across the estuary from the reserve. There were a couple of late redwings here on Tuesday (4th) and a Scandinavian rock pipit has been on the saltmarsh for much of the last week. 

For more sightings, see the RSPB Conwy nature reserve blog.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Garaganey at Malltraeth RSPB... and Swallow

On Monday Jim Bach had 2 Garganey at Malltraeth RSPB and a single bird flew over him yesterday, (the 28th March) so they could still be around. Otherwise I had my first Swallow of the Spring yesterday (28th) with 2 Sand Martins fly west  across Cemaes Bay.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Anglesey Bird News

I suppose the recent highlights were the Shorelark at South Stack by the mast yesterday found by Ken (27th) and the Crane seen flying east over City Dulas near Amlwch on Sunday (26th-Observer unknown / Birdguides Record). 3 Cranes were also seen that day over South Wales  over Skokholm and Newquay.
The Glaucous Gull was still around Holyhead Harbour / Fish quay until the 19th at least (could still be there). The Black necked Grebe is still on the Inland Sea (27th) and the Slavonian Grebe seen on the same date in Beddmanarch Bay is now in Full Summer plumage.
A Blackcap was singing in my garden on the 27th March, and others arrived on Bardsey that day. I had a Red Kite drifting over Llanfairpwll on the 19th March being mobbed by Jackdaws.
After John Roberts Wheatear on the 8th I had to wait until the 15th to get one at Cemlyn. My first Chiffchaff there was on the 12th March. Tony had the First Sandwich tern at Cemlyn on the 20th and I had 2 the next day in Cemaes Bay. Yesterday at Cemlyn (27th) there was a male Ruff (wintery-ish) with c.300 Golden Plover which are colouring up nicely and the two Little Owls were sitting out yesterday in the open doing the "Curlew-like" call. The overwintering Whimbrel is still there.
Al Llyn Llygeirian yesterday there were 2 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs and 10 Sand Martins (Tony and Martin/SRC (2SM)). The Hooded Crow is still in Llanfachraeth by the Chapel at the Valley end of the village. Richard B found a Little Ringed Plover at Malltraeth RSPB reserve in the fields near the HQ on Saturday (25th) and there were two there yesterday (27th- Ken).
An early Swift was over London yesterday (26th). Who will be the first to get one in North Wales? It will probably be at Conwy or Valley Lakes on Anglesey, probably....

Monday, 20 March 2017

Birding Blighty : Bird and Wildlife Watching in the UK with the family

I will be giving a talk at Bangor Bird-group this Wednesday on Wildlife Watching in the UK with the family. Its content is predominantly from 2015 when I went from Lands end to John O Groats in search of birds and beasties. Doors open at 7pm at the Brambell Building at the Uni, ready for a 7.30 start. All welcome.















Sunday, 19 March 2017

Iceland Gull - Nefyn - 12th March 2017

Few photos of Iceland Gull at Nefyn last Sunday 12th March 2017.  Still there yesterday, 18th.  Couple of comments received on aging - with views on it being  2nd winter bird then another on it being 3rd winter.  Based on bill colour and faint brown in wings particularly in some flight shots, I'd plump for 2nd winter.