Great day Friday night and Yesterday. Mike Duckham, Zac Hinchcliffe, Chris Jones, Ken Croft and myself set out for a 24 hour extravaganza at 6pm on Friday night and finished at 6pm last night. Quality birds, quality scenery and quality weather. Finished with 133 species (or 132 depending on the Honey Buzzard outcome - to be posted later). Highlights were:-
Llanbedr y Cenin - Yellowhammer
Hafod Woods - Pied Fly, Wood Warbler
Moors - Hen Harrier, Red Grouse, Whinchats, 9 Red Kites
Betws y Coed - Grey Wagtail and Dipper
Gwydir - 3 Nightjars, Snipe drumming, Goosanders, Cuckoo
Malltraeth Marsh - Baillon's Crake, Water Rail, Red Kite
Cemlyn - Curlew Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Med Gull
Alaw Estuary - Knot, Barwit and Sanderlings
Penmon - Crossbill, 4 Auks, Eider
Valley Lakes - Barnacle Goose
Llywenan - Marsh Harrier
Treaddur Bay - Reed Warbler, Honey Buzzard (post later - not sure about this one)
South Stack - Hooded Crow - a real one!
Ogwen Valley - Ring Ouzel, Wheatear
AberOgwen - Common Gull
Pensychnant - Redstart
Conwy RSPB - Little ringed Plover, Whimbrel and Sparrowhawk
Good day all around - cheers to the lads for the company.
Pictures below (click to enlarge) show Marsh Harrier (top) and the Buzzard sp. (bottom 2) that came in off the sea at Treaddur Bay, looked shattered, beaten up by mobbing birds and landed on the rocks above the cliffs. This bird has caused some confusion. More discussion later.