Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Yellow Browed Warbler at Lligwy a week ago

Belated news.
On Sunday the 7th at 2005 pm a visiting birder was talking a walk from Ligwy beach car-park towards Dullus Bay. Along the coastal walk he was near the  the Lookout box on brick columns when he had a Yellow browed Warbler.

Hobby and Malltraeth news

Thanks to Ian Hawkins for today's news!

Hi Steve,
I saw a hobby on my way in to work yesterday (15th) flying over fields between Llandanniel Fab and Llangaffo at SH 475690. We have also had a report of one at the swallow roost at Malltraeth on 2nd Sept. So, there is the possibility that it is regularly at the roost.
Also red kite flying over the reserve and along the Berw ridge on 12th and 13th (Jim’s records again)

Eddie Urbanski

He had a Redwing and a Spotted Fly in his garden on the Lleyn at the same time on Saturday. Nice one Eddie! So Eddie wins the prize for the first Redwing of the winter in North Wales :-)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Llanlleianna on friday

On Friday evening I did Llanbadrig head then the circulat walk from the church to Llanlleanna back to the road, to the "vinyard" then back to the church. I never found a Wryneck. I had at 1 Wheatear, a Stonechat, 100+ Swallows roosting at the marsh and a Water Rail squeeled in response to me flushing a pheasant (made me jump). I will check there next spring in case they bred there. If so like on Puffin Island this year its a breeding site not picked up in the atlas.

RSPB Conwy

Plenty of waders at Conwy still today: little stint (up to six this week), two spotted redshanks and two curlew sandpipers. Also today, plenty of black-tailed godwits, single greenshank and knot, and increasing numbers of snipe and wigeon.

Star bird today was a Cetti's warbler, a great find by Rob Sandham picked up on call. No sign later in the day, but could well still be here. It had the decency to land in both the Caernarfonshire and Denbighshire parts of the reserve. Our first for several years, Rob managed a quick snap on his iPhone, which was impressive since it didn't stop still for more than a nano-second.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Malltraeth - estuary and cob pool: Curlew Sand (8), Little Stint (1), Greenshank (4), Black-tailed Godwit (5)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Wader Mix at Malltraeth

I was at Malltraeth Cob Pool at dawn this morning, very picturesque as the sun rose over the marshlands. As the mist cleared a wide variety of waders could be seen. There was a single Little Stint, five Curlew Sandpipers, one Ruff, 110 Dunlin, three Greenshank, at least 100 Redshank, eight Black-tailed Godwit, one Knot, 40 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Lapwing and 20 Snipe. Wildfowl present included small numbers of Wigeon, Pintail and Teal. A Kingfisher was on the River Cefni ( two on Tuesday). A Yellow Wagtail flew over the Cob and Water Rail squealed from the fringes of the pool.
Conditions are ideal there at the moment, the tidal gates seem to have become 'stuck' and there is always plenty of mud. As the tides decrease in height next week, more mud will be exposed and could well be worth a visit. Levels are also dropping on Cefni Reservoir at the Bodffordd end, and some mud is being exposed.