Saturday, 27 June 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
As spring migration has finished the breeding season is in full swing and it's also a good time for flowers at the moment. The endemic South Stack Spatulate fleawort is showing well near Ellen's tower and so are the nationally rare and highly localised Spotted Rockrose. For the Rockrose Porth Diana near Trearddur Bay is a good spot to see it, but parking can be a bit of a challenge so it may be easier to walk to the site from the nearest public car-park. The two maps at the end of this post show where Porth Diana is and where the best spot to look for them at South Stack is. Silver studded blues are also out at present. Below are some of the photos I took last weekend from that neck of the woods.
|South Stack Spatulate Fleawort|
|The Peregrine chicks have now fledged. This one landed very close|
to us allowing the kids naked eye views which was nice.
|Walking up the lighthouse.|
|Close views of Razorbill on the bridge to SS Island|
|Watching a gull egg hatch|
|Hatching Lesser black backed Gull|
|Rock rose at South Stack|
|NWWT Porth Diana Rockrose reserve|
Autumn migration is just starting to pick up here, with green sandpiper daily this week, a growing number of redshanks, and an avocet reported on the estuary, upstream of the reserve yesterday.
Lots of young birds around, including several broods of tufted ducks and a brood of common sandpipers. Read more about what's around on the Conwy reserve blog.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Last Wednesday Elfyn Lewis found Wales's first Cretzschmars Bunting on Bardsey. After initially giving everyone the run-around it finally localised to the Lighthouse compound and is now regularly coming to seed. I went over to this great little Island last week on Friday after work. However a no-show followed by another reappearance on Sunday meant a second trip in one weekend was needed to finally nail this mega! Apparently Lee Evans is now organising the bookings for anyone hoping to twitch this bird, on behalf of Bardsey Bird Obs and Colin the boatman. What a lovely little Island. Thanks to all the Obs staff and Colin the Star-boatman :-)
|The Bardsey Bunting|
|One I prepared earlier (Lesbos 2014)|
|Bunt n Thrift digiscope videograb|
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Monday, 8 June 2015
Friday, 5 June 2015
Still a few passage migrants around this week (redstart, black-tailed godwit), there are chicks and fledglings all over the place (including our first little grebe chicks for several years), the first bee orchids are in flower, stoat family showing well today and the first three damselfly species are on the wing. I love this time of year.
We have Binocular and Telescope Open Days here this weekend, so why not pop down and see the latest in our range?
More info on this week's wildlife sightings on our blog.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
|Below are shots of one apparent Snow Goose and 4 presumed Snow x Greylag hybrids. The hybrids had excessive dark feathers in the wing and one had brown on the neck.|
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Chris Lane the tern warden reported three Snow Geese and a Ruff near RSPB Valley today. They were at Tyn Llidiart near Llyn Traffwll at SH 329 749. The Snow Geese were with Greylags and distant but Chris said he could see the black primaries, pointing to Snow Geese rather than white Greylags. Does anyone else know of any feral Snow Geese in North Wales or could these be true vagrants as there have been westerly gales and North American thrushes turning up on the west coast of the UK recently!