Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Possible Yellow-legged Gull-Conwy RSPB

This was on the estuary from Conwy RSPB for about 5 minutes this morning before flying over the road/railway towards Conwy. Apologies for the poor picture/screen grab my normal camera has broken so I'm borrowing one. My reservations about calling it 100% Yellow-legged Gull are that the head shape didn't look quite right in the field. Plus there has been a hybrid Herring/LBB Gull in the Morfa roost this winter. Maybe some of you might be able to comment, particularly on the primary patterns from the pictures which I'm not too good at. I have an ok quality video of the bird but I am unable to upload it. No open wing shots unfortunately. Any comments are very welcome. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Late March (Eclipse/Crossbill/Black Red and Octopus)!

Last Thursday the 19th March I went over to South Stack to catch up with Ken's Black Redsart. As we arrived a House Martin flew over the car. Speaking to RSPB Mark, Swallow, Sand and House Martin had been reported at South Stack, the day before, the 18th. We also had a metal only ringed Med Gull at Llanynghenedl. Later that day at Cemlyn I had my first Sand Martin of the year. Next day was the Solar eclipse. How good was that eh!! I followed it down the A55 and up the Nant Francon Valley. Then I headed up into Cloc and had a distant Goshawk soaring will a Buzzard. Also I pished in this young female Crossbill. I never tried pishung one before but it worked very well.
Saturday at Cemlyn with Tony was quiet but we had two migrant Hooded Crows fly East, one carried on past Cemaes! Otherwise the usual suspects, Whimbrel, Purps, Grey Plover and a Wheatear. I had fun Rock-pooling with the kids on Saturday afternoon, producing a lifer in the form of an Octopus! Today (Tuesday the 24th) Mike Thompson had a Swallow over Point Lynas so it seems like Spring is happening!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

White wings

 Ringed Med Gull from Cemlyn

The famous Iceland Gull from Abergele

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Cemlyn and Llyn Cefni

I had the Lapland Bunting at Cemlyn at 7.30 this morning but is wasn't seen after that despite people looking and it wasn't there tonight. There were however 8 adult and 1 2nd Summer Med gulls. One of the adult that likes to perch on the bricks has a White ring on its left leg with what looks like E718 but I only saw it briefly. So if you're in the area and its sitting out in good light, wap your scope up-to 60x and see if that is the code for sure. I also had some photos of a ringed Oystercatcher that may have been around for a few years. I got FH86609, is this a full code or is there a digit missing?
Otherwise the Whimbrel and Sanderling are  still at Cemlyn, and at the weekend there were 2 RT Divers and 1 GND in the bay, plus my first Wheatear of the spring was there on Sunday.
I had my first singing Chiffchaff today at Llyn Cefni, Spring is in the air :-)

Monday, 16 March 2015

In search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper : Wildlife of the Russian Far East

I will be giving a talk on my trip to the Russian Far East last summer, this Wednesday. It's at Bangor Birdgroup, in the Brambell building, doors open at 7 for a 7.30 kick off. 
All welcome. £2 admission for non-members.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Some Great Birds

What a great visit and some digi-scoping opportunities. Today at Cemllyn the lovely Lapland Bunting, the best one I have ever seen.

Yesterday it was the Iceland Gull at Pensarn, the best view of one I have ever had:

The day before there was a Greenshank, my favourite wader, at Morfa Madryn:

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Photogenic Lapland Bunting at Cemlyn

I dropped my camera off at Cambrian Photography today for a service and when I got home I realised the battery charger to my spare Camera was missing the connector. So the scene was set for an early evening walk to Cemlyn without my camera, so I was guaranteed to see something good, and I did! As I walked around the corner from the west Car park onto the Trwyn I almost stood on a male Lapland Bunting! It gave great views down to a few feet at times! Thankfully Florence and Mike Smith let me use their camera to get a few shots, thanks :-) Also I put down some millet and nyjer seed to hopefully keep it there for a short while if possible. See map for directions. I'll check first thing tomorrow if the weather is ok.