Monday, 29 September 2014

Dawn Balmer comes to Bangor birdgroup to talk about The Bird Atlas : Beyond the maps.

Dawn from the BTO is coming up from Thetford to Bangor on Wednesday to give her talk on the Bird Atlas : Beyond the maps. Why not come along to see her kick off the new season of great talks and have a get together with other like minded people.
Hope to see you there if you can make it :-)

Grey Phalarope at Madryn

Grey Phalarope again at Morfa Madryn on saltmarsh infront of railway cottage 15:00 over high tide. Bird flew in today over high tide, and flew out yest on falling tide so high tide is definitely best although it must be on one of the pools or lagoons to the west for the rest of the time. Typically very confiding!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Look what's coming very soon to Bangor!

Just to let everyone know that Bangor Birdgroup starts back this coming Wednesday on the 1st October at the Brambell building rear entrance at 7pm. This week's talk is from Dawn Balmer from the BTO, coming up to talk about the Bird Atlas : Beyond the maps. Also if you have a look at the good selection of talks we have this year it's well worth becoming a member. Also if you join on Wednesday you can pre-book your ticket for the following week to see Iolo Williams talking about Welsh Wildlife. Otherwise tickets will be sold on the night (£5) on a first come first served basis and you may be turned away if we reach maximum capacity. So please come early. We look forward to seeing you there :-)

Bangor Bird-group programme 2014-15 (*) = Joint meeting with the NWWT Arfon branch

1st Oct. Dawn Balmer (BTO) Bird Atlas: Beyond the maps.
8th Oct. Iolo Williams (Ornithologist,Naturalist and TV Wildlife presenter–
Welsh Wildlife. - All ticket event.
15th Oct. Nia Jones (NWWT) Nautilus Live: Accounts of Deep Sea Exploration
22nd Oct. Thomas Pennant – the man who knew everybody by Goronwy
Wynne (NWWT Vice-President). Pennant lived in Flintshire and wrote
about his travels in Wales between 1773 and 1776. (*)
29th Oct. Ian Spence The Brazilian Pantanal.

5th Nov. Dan Brown The Arctic Wildlife of Svalbard.
12th Nov. Paul Rodgers Tunnicliffe’s Anglesey.
19th Nov. Stephen Culley: My family and other animals on Lesbos (Greece).
26th Nov. Conserving marine mammals in Wales by Peter Evans. Peter lives on
Anglesey and is Director of the Sea Watch Foundation which he
established in 1991. (*)

3rd Dec. Marc Hughes - Malawi (Culture, Education, Birds and Crocs).
10th Dec. Christmas Party and Quiz. (Good food, good company, good quiz ;-)

7th Jan. Kelvin Jones (BTO) Turkish delight : Ringing birds in Turkey.
14th Jan. Julian Hughes (RSPB) Bird conservation in Wales:
What the future holds.
21st Jan. Rhion Pritchard: Bird watching in Sichuan, China.
28th Jan. USA deserts - more than just cowboys! Mountain ecologist Barbara
Jones will tell us about the ecology, wildlife and history of
North American deserts. (*)

4th Feb Richard Dobbins (South Walian Birding: Skokholm to the Teifi).
11th Feb Alan and Ruth (The Biggest Twitch) Birding in New Zealand.
18th Feb Ron Evans: Iceland (Bird watching and Photography).
25th Feb The Menai Strait: Underwater Wildlife and Marine Conservation.
Speaker Paul Kay is a very experienced photographer of marine life. (*)
26th Feb Mark Cocker : Birds and People (venue/arrangements to be confirmed).

4th Mar Niall Hatch (Birdwatch Ireland) Bird conservation in Ireland.
11th Mar Kane Brides (WWT) A wild goose chase: on a mission to save the
World’s most endangered goose (the Red breasted Goose).
18th Mar Stephen Culley: In search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper: Wildlife of
the Russian Far East.
25th Mar Richard Birch : Birdwatching in Australia (Video).

Usual rates Annual subscription £15, concession £12, Students £10 or £2 for non members per meeting.

Friday, 26 September 2014

YBW at Holyhead plus more

Andrew Clarke found a Yellow browed Warbler along the approach track to Soldiers Point at Holyhead this morning.
There was no sign of the RN Phalarope at Madryn after being reported on Weds and Thurs.
RSPB Conwy held onto 2 Cetti's Warbler, Garganey and 2 Pintail today with 2 Curlew Sands around over a high tide yesterday and a female Scaup about too.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Hobby at Plas Newydd

A visiting birder, John E Wakeling recently reported an adult Hobby at Plas Newydd. He saw it on the morning of the 10th  September and watched it take a House Martin over the embankment at the back of the house on the Menai Straight side of the building. Good record John! Many thanks.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Anglesey Today

This is one of three Curlew Sands at Malltraeth estuary today. There was a Great White Egret yesterday on the Braint estuary. Also yesterday there was a Dipper on Pentraeth Stream by the Sewerage works (first in 11 years here). There was also a PB Brent in Red Warf Bay today and a Kingfisher in Cemaes Bay this afternoon whist I was rockpooling with the kids.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ring Ouzels and Green Woodpecker

Richard Birch was in Penrhyn Quarry Bethesda yesterday and he had a flock of 5 Ring Ouzels and a Green Woodpecker.