Sunday, 2 March 2014
Lots of birds still on the flooded fields here today. A Wrexham first for me in the shape of a family of 4 bewicks swan. Also here 3 whooper, 20 mute swan, 2 scaup, 100 pintail, 4 shelduck, 30 wigeon, 2 black tailed godwit, 300 lapwing. A pair of little owl were also showing well in one of their usual tree holes. A single goosander still on Gresford Flash.
Jim Clark had this worn spring 1st Winter Glaucous gull on Friday the 28th Feb at Tywyn Fferam, Rhosneigr, @ 11-20am.
It was on a flooded area next to the car park. SH 330716. He also thought he saw a white wing gull a couple of weeks ago between here and Aberffraw, it flew across the road with some Herring Gulls but he couldn’t find it again, so it may have been here a while.Martin Jones had it again today roosting on a field between Llyn Maelog and the caravan park. It later flew over the Oystercatcher restaurant towards the beach, maybe heading to where Jim had it?
Heres 2 photos Jim got of the bird on Friday. Nice one Jim!
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Nice weather (at last) drew me out there today. Black heads are back on the Islands breathing life back into the place. There have been 2 Meds recently but none were obviouse today. Stonechat and Mippets are back on the Trwyn. Still a Greenshank and Little Egret on the Lagoon. David Wright had the overwintering Whimbrel recently. There were at least 13 Grey Plover and 6 Purps on the rocks today, at least! 3 Goldeneye were on the lagoon. The Dunnocks were all in full song, it was starting to feel like Spring, .....a bit!
Not sure what happened with the Raven. Checked the first 20 birds for rings then got put off by a few stinky corpses! I hope numbers bounce back over the next few years.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
Today was no exception. Had nice views of a lone bird up the Menai and 2 more distant birds that seemed unsettled a little further out towards Beaumaris.
What happened next was completely unexpected. I picked up a 4th diver that looked a lot smaller and I could see a more rounded crown and a patch on the flanks. It looked really good for Black-throated which would be a patch mega! It dived before I could confirm and when it rose, it started to look a lot more like a Red-throated with a slightly up pointing bill. This was odd as the white patch on the flanks disappeared. When it dived again, it emerged looking like a Black-throated Diver again...what was going on!
I soon got my answer on my next scan for the emerging diver when I spotted both a Black-throated AND a Red-throated!
Three species of diver and two of these being patch ticks...fantastic!
Whilst the Red-throated got progressively closer, the Black-throated drifted further out towards Beaumaris. I managed to pick up 2 Kittiwake (another patch tick) blogging about half way between Beaumaris and Bangor.