Wednesday, 15 November 2017

COS trip to the North-west Bird Watching Festival

 COS are running a Coach to Martin Mere on the 18th  Nov (this Saturday).
It will be leaving Bangor at 8am (or Mona Ind Estate at 7.30), with pick-ups along the coast to Colwyn Bay.
Coach fare is £14, admission charge to Martin Mere will be collected on coach.
It is the North-west Bird Watching Festival (Saturday and Sunday), with guest speakers, exhibitors, talks, tours, workshops etc. And lots of wild birds to see, including Ruff, Tree Sparrows, Whooper Swans, Pinkfeet, Kingfisher and various raptors.
Anyone wanting further information can  phone Geoff ASAP on (01248 681936).
Many Thanks

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Wales and Dolphins at Bangor Bird-group this Wednesday

When Kathy James left Bangor Birdgroup it was to move down to Mid Wales to work for the Sea Watch foundation. This Wednesday at Bangor Birdgroup Kathy's Boss Peter Evans will be coming up to talk to us about the interesting World of Dolphins and Cetaceans in his appropriately named talk, Wales and Dolphins!
At Bangor Birdgroup we meet on Wednesday nights in the University of Bangor Brambell Building, Deiniol road opposite Asda just down from the Train Station. Costs are £2 per meeting (non members), or even better join as a member. Membership costs are as follows- Waged = £15, £12 for concessions and £10 for students. Not bad for 24 talks!
Doors open at 7 for a 7.30 pm start. Talks last for around1 hour. All members of the public are welcome. Hopefully see you there, all the best, Stephen Culley (Programme Organizer, Local Birdwatcher and Naturalist).

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Bangor Birdgroup : Honduras and the Anglesey Skerries

Will outside Left, Molly outside right.

Two former  Bangor University  Students are returning to Bangor Birdgroup tonight to let us know what they have been up-to since qualifying. Molly Foulds will be talking about some of her work in Honduras and the birds that she saw there and Will Smith will be talking about The Anglesey Skerries, where he has worked for the RSPB for the last two summers. I'm really looking forward to what they have to say tonight. Doors open at the Brambell building at 7pm tonight, members free, non members £2 on the door. All welcome.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Big Seabird Movement Point Lynas 29/10/17

There was a large movement of seabirds past Point Lynas yesterday morning. I arrived at dawn, and began watching the sea at 6.45am. The wind was NNW 6/7. The previous day had had a strong westerly wind which continued through the night. This had undoubtedly driven some birds into Liverpool Bay. The first bird I saw was a Manx Shearwater at very close range, so it had a good feeling. Over the next four and a half hours the numbers and variety of species were very high, particularly in the first two hours. At one point I couldn't lift my eyes from my binoculars for at least five minutes! This was one of my most memorable watches at Lynas over the past 30ish years, for the sheer numbers and closeness of the birds. The Grey Phalarope at about 600m off the rocks was, I think, my first here on a seawatch. I also think the cumulative effect of Storm Ophelia and Storm Brian in the past two weeks may have certainly moved a lot of seabirds into the Irish Sea.

Species Recorded 06.45 to 11.15 am. (all birds moving west)

Shelduck 5
Eider 1 (fem/imm)
Common Scoter 16
Red-Throated Diver 3
Fulmar 1
Manx Shearwater 5
Storm Petrel 1
Leach's Petrel 2 (petrels appeared later and further out)
Gannet 249 (25 fishing)
Shag 6
Grey Heron 1
Curlew 1
Oystercatcher 5
Grey Phalarope 1 (following a group of auks very close)
Great Skua 20
Pomarine Skua 4 (2 ads with 'spoons', two juvs)
Arctic Skua 11
Black-headed Gull 104
Common Gull 41
Mediterranean Gull 3 (2 ads, 1 Ist w.)
Herring Gull 70
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
Little Gull 1 (ad.)
Kittiwake 2600
Arctic Tern 1 (juv)
Black Tern 1 (surprisingly late)
'Auk sp' 4230 (about 80% Razorbills, but more Guillemots than previous watches)

Also 3 to 5 Bottle-nosed Dolphins for five minutes moving east, leaping and feeding.

Hopefully this is of interest, and will encourage more people to watch from Point Lynas. Please contact me if you want any help or advice on access or the best times to watch.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

New book out on the "Scarce and Rare Birds in North Wales".  All historic records up to and including 2016. 320 pages, 100+ Images, finder's accounts of the rarest, full colour and more. Limited print run.
Contact me on to order a copy. £16:99 local pick up from Conwy RSPB. Or £19:99 p+p UK.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Yoav Perlman comes to Bangor Birdgroup on Thursday this Week

    Yoav Perlman will be talking to us about "Birding in Israel, where migration is defined!"
    It's one not to miss!
    It's on Thursday, not wednesday, doors open at 7 for a 7.30 start. It's in the usual Brambell building, but in the upstairs lecture theatre. Numbers are limited to 50 seats so get there early to avoid disappointment.See you on Thursday!
    Yoav says this about himself 
    "I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 - 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons - Uri and Noam, and one daughter - Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA."

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Spain comes to Bangor

I will be doing a presentation tonight along with Richard Bird and Bill Slade. I will be doing a 30 minute presentation on the Birds I saw over two trips to the region to look for the Birds of the Pyrenees and Dupont's Lark. Richard will be doing a 15 minute film on a similar subject and Bill will be showing us some of the photo's he got from the photographic hide including the Bearded Vulture!