Sunday, 31 May 2015
Whilst sadly the Anglesey Corncrake was not accessible to birders thankfully the one just over the border in Hale was. I stopped on my way back from Suffolk yesterday around 4-6pm. It was calling occasionally and just as I was getting in the car getting ready to leave, it started to show. Thanks to John Gilbody for letting me look through his scope. Cheers John! It was great to actually see that grating noise coming out of a Corncrakes mouth instead of just a cereal crop. I had hoped to go to Mull and Iona this week but it turned out we went to Harry Potter Land and Suffolk on our family holiday instead. But I still got my Corncrake! Also, just after crossing the border back into Wales a Hobby flew across the road near Queensferry where you cross the river by the sewage farm, half a km on the England side of the river but still in Wales.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
This morning John Dyda found a singing Golen Oriole. It was in Bryn y Mor Woods near the nursing home at Nebo, near Eilian mountain/ Llaneilian not far from Amlwch. It was singing this morning till 8.50 at least. The woods aren't massive so if its still there and singing you should be able to hear it at least from the public road that cuts through the wood.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
Last night I went into Snowdonia to do some late evening birding with Tony. We started off with three cuckoos at the top end of the Nant Francon Valley. Then we headed off to one of the more traditional sites for Nightjar in Snowdonia. As we arrived we has a Tawny owl sat in a roadside tree and then we parked up nearby. Cuckoos were still calling and I thought I saw one flying over nearby, but as I put my bins up I realised it was a male Nightjar and as it was 9.40 I could still see the white patches in its wing, great! However we hung around till 10.30 and never heard any churring but we did hear a bit of wing clapping.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
BRUNO J. ENS of the Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, The Netherlands will be giving a free seminar Friday 5th June at 12 noon.
Ground floor seminar room, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road, Bangor.
Directions to Environment Centre Wales can be found here: http://www.ceh.ac.uk/sites/
Monday, 18 May 2015
Chris Lane had 2 Pom skuas off Rhosneigr today and Ken had a Firecrest in the Plantation at South Stack. Puffins are still thin on the ground there! There's still a cracking brick red Breeding plumage Red Knot on the lagoon at Cemlyn today plus 3 Sanderling on the beach, again one in full breeding plumage.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Friday, 15 May 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
This evening there was another good show of waders. This time the bright red wader was a breeding plumage Knot on the lagoon. At high tide on the Trwyn side of the bay there were 14 Sanderling, 70 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone, Curlew and a a Whimbrel, with many birds in fine breeding plumage. I couldn't find any Purps tonight.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Here's some shots I got of the Grey headed Yellow Wagtail (thunbergi) that was at Cemlyn tonight. It was with two British Yellow Wagtails in a field with cattle. If you park in the west car park take the coastal footpath up and down the hill to the field with the wet pool near the shore looking back over to Tyn Llan Farm. It was around the cattle here until at least 6pm tonight. Another nice find by David Wright after his brief early morning Pectoral Sandpiper!
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Mark Sutton had a Snow Goose with 8 Canadas yesterday on the coastal footpath between Hen Borth and Carmel head. It was level with Mynachdy house. I did the NWWT reserves bird race with Simon and Eddie. Highlights included Spot fly back in at Coed Porthamel near Moel y Don. A Whinchat at Cemlyn (plus 3 together as we passed the jam factory). 5 Purple Sandpipers were coming into breeding plumage on the Trwyn and were very approachable. This, good company and good views of Tawny, Little and Barn Owl, all added to a fun day!