Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Redwings, Jays and Coal tits

Sticking my head out of the skylight just before midnight I heard my first two Redwings of the autumn tonight. I had four jays flying over open fields passed Coedanna today and 6 at HHBWCP on Sunday, plus one in Cemaes then. They are obviously birds on the move but where from? There also seems to be plenty Coal tits around with a group of 5 in Holyhead BWCP on Sunday and an unusual presence on our estate the week before. I notice there has been plenty on the Orme recently. Are these British or continental birds? If continental was there any arriving at Spurn at the weekend Marc? I noticed there was also a report of a Continental tree-creeper on the Orme today. Does anyone know who had that?

Risso's around!

At least 50 Risso's dolphins are around North Anglesey at the mo! 4 were at Point Lynas today but, like last year, they are showing well off Bull bay, East Mouse and Amlwch Port. Thanks to Mike Thompson for the heads up!

Alpine Swift still there

The Swift was seen over Penrhyn Bay again on and off until 4.30pm  at least so is probably still in the area!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Alpine Swift over the Little Orme

Hennerz found an Alpine swift over the Little Orme and Penrhyn bay this evening, last seen feeding with bats at dusk so presumably has roosted in the area, so it would definitely be worth heading out there at dawn in case it puts in a repeat performance!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Anglesey and the Lleyn

Today I had a single Crossbill over South Stack' 6 PB Brent's back at Penrhos plus an adult and a second winter Med gull.At least 2 adult Meds flew over the car as I drove through Llanynghenedl from the gull flocks feeding in the adjacent fields. On Sunday at Cemlyn there were 14 Grey, 14 Golden Plovers, a Whimbrel, Greenshank and 4 PB Brent's flew west. On Saturday the 26th, there was a single Black Guillimot in HH Fishquay, a Cetti's warbler was unusual at Llyn Maelog and a close  Garganey at Malltraeth Cob was a bonus, with 10 Pintail nearby.
Llanbedrog later that afternoon, as well as the usual suspects produced a late Sand Martin. A week earlier on South a Stack road I had a Spot Fly.

Friday, 25 September 2015

RSPB Conwy sightings board

On the lagoons, a spotted redshank has been here for several weeks, as has a green sandpiper, though both may soon be on the move. A little stint on Sunday and Monday (20th and 21st) was a great record, our first this year (photo by Henry Cook @HCBirding via Twitter), while a few bar-tailed godwits (from Russia) have been feeding on the estuary.

For more news on this week's sightings, read the reserve blog.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

House Martins and Swift

On Monday morning the 14th Sept there were 150 House Martins in a flock circling over Cemaes and a Swift passed though them.