Sunday, 26 October 2014

Welsh Ornithological Society Conference - last chance to book


Just a quick reminder that bookings for the WOS Conference, in Ruthin on Saturday 8 November, close this Friday, 31st October. Full details are on the WOS website http://www.birdsinwales.org.uk/activities/conference.htm, where you can pay by credit card or PayPal.

We've got some great speakers lined up, plus the Student Research Award and Lifetime Achievement Award winners, and an opportunity to meet lots of other birders from across Wales. The Conference is run in partnership with BTO Cymru and RSPB Cymru, and is sponsored by the Natural History Book Service.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Post Hurricane Seabird Passage North Anglesey 21-22nd October

Its been a wild couple of days off the North Anglesey coast, but the gale force winds have brought an impressive passage of sea birds and some impressive cetacean sightings.

On the morning of the 21st past Point Lynas were 1 Long Tailed Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Fulmar and 3 Manx Shearwaters amongst moderate numbers of commoner seabirds.
In the afternoon past Cemlyn were impressive numbers of Gannets, many passing over the Trwyn, 600 moved west in two hours along with 400 Kittiwake. 4 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua and 15 Manx Shearwater. A single Leach's Petrel was seen late afternoon. (With Ken, Pat, Jane and Reg)

On the 22nd, at Point Lynas seabirds were moving past in large numbers from first light as the wind had subsided overnight. At times it was impossible to keep up with the numbers, or take your eyes from your binoculars. After the first hour, birds decreased and moved further out but odd scarcities continued to pass to 10.30. Three hours seawatching produced 10-12,000 Auks (90% Razorbills), 3000 Kittiwake, 500 Gannet, 600 Black-headed Gull, 5 Med Gulls, 1 Little Auk, 10 Red Throated Diver, 4 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 50 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 R.B. Merganser. Reg had similar numbers past Cemlyn.

Past North Stack Ken recorded single Sooty, Balearic and Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 5 Red Throated Diver, 5 Med Gulls and a Whooper Swan with smaller numbers of auks and Kittiwakes.

On both days, Risso's Dolphin have been showing well from Point Lynas early morning, giving great views leaping and tail slapping in the rough seas.

The wind seems to have gone back round to the south-west now!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Curlew sand Alaw Estuary

A nice juv Curlew sand was with a group of 5 Dublin on the Alaw estuary is afternoon and at least 6 Med gulls of various ages (there were 4 on the inland sea earlier as well). 2 Black-tailed godwits and and 7 Greenshank completed a pleasant afternoons birding.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Possible Whales off Amlwch!

Just a quick heads up to any sea watchers. Down at Amlwch Port today, where I had 3 Risso's dolphins 2 weeks ago some friends reported Porpoises , Whales and Dolphins today! When I said " are you sure they were Whales?" they said they were big, black above with white below. Orcas? Whatever, if your near Amlwch tomorrow I'm sure it's worth checking out the sea!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Anglesey update

At long last I've finally just had my first Redwings of the winter flying over the house in Cemaes! Yesterday in my lunch hour I tried for the Ibis at Malltraeth RSPB with no joy ( no reports on Sunday either). However I did have 3 Whoopers (2ad and 1 juv) my first of the winter. There was also negative news for the lark on bird guides for Monday. Not surprising as a Merlin seems to have taken up residence in that field at Cemlyn now! Sunday highlights included 4 Barnacles with the Greylags at Cemlyn, YB Warbler at Carmel head plus 2 Swallows, 125 Skylark and a Wheatear in that area (Reg). There were 4 migrant Jays in Wylfa woods (Tony) and Robin had another YB Warbler in Holyhead BWCP (Robin).

Saturday, 11 October 2014

2 Yellow-browed Warblers Anglesey

2 Yellow-browed Warbers were along the coast this morning between Hen Borth and Carmel head, 1 was in the copse behind the beach at Hen Borth and 1 in the plantation near Mynachdy farm. The Short-toed Lark at Cemlyn also finally showed after an hours wait. Not a bad morning birding .

Friday, 10 October 2014

Risso's Dolphin Photo

Here's a shot I got of one of the three Risso's Dolphins I saw from the Cafe, Coffee Cups at the Old Sail Loft at Amlwch Port, last Sunday. They were around for at least two hours and were possibly the same individuals that were off Cemlyn earlier on that week.