Friday, 18 April 2014

Cemlyn and Carmel Head

I had my first Whitethroat and Common Sand of the year today at Carmel Head, plus a Crossbill. David Wright had a Common Tern at Cemlyn yesterday. Otherwise today, just fantastic weather :-)
ps. the American Green Winged Teal was on birdguides for still being present this morning.

Llay pool waders

Lovely sum plum black tailed godwit this morning. 2 LRP, 3 oystercatcher, 2 common sand and nesting lapwings. Dunlin, ringed plover and 6 LRP earlier in the week. Let's hope for something rarer very soon.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

White Stork (and Crane?) info

Ian Simms had a White Stork over Caernarfon Airport around 12 noon.
It was later seen over South Stack around 1.43pm (John W) and then again over Beddmanarch Bay at c.2pm by Andrew L. I'm not aware of any other reports so it may still be local. Birdguides also reported a Crane over Fforyd bay at 11.45am. Unless anyone can cast any further info on the situation I would presume this was a mis-ID and they actually saw the Stork. Does anyone else know anything about the reported Crane?

Green winged Teal photos

Here's some shots I got of todays American Green Winged Teal found by Ken Croft near the Killdeer field. Leaving Holyhead on the South Stack road the bird is in the wet field on the left about 400m out of town.








Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Redpolls

At this time of year redpolls are on their way back north. As well as the usual Lesser Redpolls other forms ie Common/ Mealy, Icelandic, Greenland and Arctic birds can be in with the flocks of the more familiar Lessers. Here's a selection of shots of several birds I saw in Cemaes on sunday for discussion and to show you how a birds appearance can change in different lights.I think they're probably just Lessers, but when they puff themselves up they look more Mealy!

                                          Male A

                                          Female A

                                          Female B Puffed up

                                          Female B

                                          Female B

                                          Female B

                                          Female B

                                          Male A

                                          Male A

                                          Male A

                                          Female B

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Groppers In

Martin Jones had a singing Grasshopper Warbler at Gadfa on Sunday the 13th. There was also one at Pen-y-sarn on the 14th (OO). I had House Martins back on my estate in Cemaes yesterday (14th) and the 2 Sand Martins with them were a house tick! On the 15th April 8 Whimbrel were on the beach at Rhoscolyn in the early evening. These are the first migrant Whimbrel I've heard of on the island this year (as one over-wintered at Cemlyn). I also had 10 White wagtails at Malltraeth Marsh on the 15th at Lunchtime.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Cyprus 3-9th April 2014



Paphos Lighthouse

I’ve recently returned from a week’s holiday in Paphos, Cyprus with my girlfriend. Our hotel was in the middle of Paphos, just a 20 minute walk to the headland birding site (mosaics). We spent a lot of time walking around the well-known mosaic area. We also took a trip across the Turkish border and a trip into the Troodos Mountains. I managed to find 75 species with Cyprus Warbler, Cyprus Wheatear, Masked Shrike, Cretzchmar’s Bunting and Semicollared Flycatcher being new for me. In the mosaic site I managed to find a nice male Dartford Warbler, apparently a first for Cyprus, though I have subsequently found more non-submitted records of the species. Here are a selection of some of my photos, any questions feel free to ask me.

Whinchats were only just arriving into Cyprus when I arrived.

Hoopoe numbers built up as the week went on.

Woodchat Shrike at Tomb of the Kings, there were 3 at the mosaic site on the last day.

Northern Wheatear with an Ortolan Bunting?

Crouching Black-eared Wheatear.

Black-eared Wheatears were common when I first arrived with numbers tailing off towards the end of the trip.
Another nice 'Eastern' Black-eared Wheatear.

Big flocks of Yellow Wagtails in the mosiacs, mostly feldegg.


Tame Cretzchmar's Bunting. One of 3.


This Masked Shrike spent the week in the mosaic site.

Masked Shrike

3 Red-rumped Swallows, numbers were building towards the end of the holiday

Singing Cyprus Wheatear in the Troodos Mountains. They were on every telegraph wire up there.


This nice flock of Squacco Herons landed on the rocks off Paphos Harbour. Great to see species like Squacco Heron migrating over the sea.

 My only Cyprus Warbler was in the Troodos Mountains, a nice singing male. I managed to see at least 7 smart looking Ruppell's Warblers around the headland and 2 Pallid Harriers, Hen Harrier, 2 Night Herons, 16 Glossy Ibis migrating overhead.

Large numbers of Red-throated Pipits were on the move. One of my highlights was watching a Nightingale land on the harbour wall whilst I was having my lunch.