Thursday, 26 February 2015

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull

Decided to take a trip down to Pensarn and try my luck for the recently resident large white winged gull, and struck lucky! 

The bird can be found between the caffe and large car park just at the end of the bridge, well worth the visit. 

More here

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


On 28th January Jean and I watched a pair of Dippers nest-building near Talybont. Yesterday I watched one of the birds fly to the nest where it remained, presumably to incubate eggs. Its mate remained watchful nearby.
 I stopped for the Green-winged Teal at Caernarfon on my way home this afternoon and managed this distant digi-scoped pic. What a great find at that spot by somebody.
Ceredigion is not exactly the land of the Hawfinch but in my absence one appeared in a nearby garden!  See 'Ceredigion Birds' blog for a rather nice photo of a mega rarity for us.

The Teal and the Tree Sparrow

I was on a course in Bangor yesterday and managed to squeeze a little bit of lunchtime birding in, 5 minutes to be precise! But luckily the American Green Winged Teal was showing well on the Afon Seiont in the usual spot from the Scottish Power car park. I also had a female peregrine fly over at Penrhosgarnedd.
This morning I heard a Song Thrush singing in the back garden, as I looked out of the sky-light I noticed it was fighting with a starling for the best singing perch in the hawthorn tree. I looked down near the feeders and there was a cracking little Tree Sparrow, a garden tick and the first I've seen onAnglesey  for quite a few years!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Mark Cocker comes to Bangor this Thursday!!!!!


Special talk by
Birds and People

Author (of ten books), naturalist, writer and broadcaster on nature and wildlife

 Thursday 26th February
7.30 pm start

Everyone welcome
£2 to non-members

For further information 
telephone: 01248 714678   

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Iceland comes to Bangor Birdgroup at the Uni

Ron Evans is doing a talk on Photographing birds in Iceland at the Brambell building at 7.30 tonight. I hope you can make it :-)Doors open at 7.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Iceland Gull- Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele

Ashley Cohen found and put the news out via twitter today. Great find Ashley and nice pics! Bird was in Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele. He also saw a Chiff-chaff there.

Sunday, 15 February 2015


This morning on Llyn Trawsfynydd: 16 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Goosander, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and a couple of drake Pochard plus several scattered Goldeneyes and seemingly countless Tufted Ducks.
A fisherman took 20 minutes to land this huge Pike which he had foul-hooked while fishing for Trout. No wonder few little ducklings seem to survive there.
 (540 Herring Gulls there on 7th.)
 Further towards home, 2 Hawfinches at Llanelltyd Church and this distant digi-scope shot.