Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Birding Frontiers visits Rhyl and scores!

As those of you who were there heard, Martin Garner has a secial affinity with the town of Rhyl. As he explained on Monday night during his excellent 'Pushing the Boundaries' tour, as well as memories of visiting the beach with his 'hanky on the head' Grandad, one of his finest birding moments of 2012 was watching the Marine Lake Great Northern Diver devouring the local crabs. I'm sure his opinion of the place gained further reputation when both he and his tour companion, Tormod Amudsen jammed in on a fantastic Black throated Diver on the River Clwyd! He has kindly sent me two photos of the bird here as well as a Waxwing seen during his visit.
We look forward to Martin's next visit, not just to enjoy another talk, but to look forward to the White-billed Diver that will obviously appear at Rhyl beach during that time. Thanks Martin.....


  1. Was that yesterday or today? Missed everything today but it was the last hour of daylight after Work

  2. Yesterday Alex. I arrived 5 minutes after both diver and waxwings had flown off! Went back today again and at least managed to get 2 white-fronted geese among the greylags. Earlier had marsh tit at Bodelwyddan.

  3. Good birds locally. A bit of a shame that more local birders didn't get out with Martin again and with Tormod whilst they were in the area but they're in demand!

  4. Glad to hear someone twitched the EWF Geese, I also had great views of the Waxwing and the Common Sand we on the river south of the bridge.

    More details on todays birding at

    Alan and Ruth

  5. Thanks Julian. I did check marine lake too, but water levels too low as they're draining it for some developments on the island. I had two Waxwings on Clwyd bank road on the weekend there so could be same birds.
    Hopefully get EWFs tomorrow or Friday. Good to know the Common Sand still about too