Thursday, 31 January 2013

January, a GREAT START to 2013

 Well been awhile since I put a post up, so I thought that a quick report of January was due as Ive had a brilliant start to 2013.
 Started the month on the 2nd,visited the usual starting at Holyhead Breakwater,Bedmanerch bay, Valley Lakes,Rhosneigr,Llyn Coron,Malltraeth and Newborough. All the usual suspects but some highlights which included : Red Throated Diver, Guillemot and Razorbill Holyhead harbour, Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Divers in Bed. Bay,Long Tailed Duck at Valley Lakes, Merlin and  Peregrine at Aberffraw.
 The 3rd  was a visit to Valley Lakes  on the way home from work after which the report came in of a single Waxwing just down the road in Min Y Mor road so it was back out and sure enough what a beauty! it showed really well and managed to run off a few pics too,Bonus!
 The 4th was a lovely sighting of a Barn Owl hunting on the grass verges by Engedi on my way to work.The 5th brought me another 5 for the list in the form of Goosander and Scaup at the brickwork pools, rhyl, followed by Sanderling, Common Scoter and Snow Buntings at Kimmel Bay.
 The 6th was a visit to rspb Conwy where i managed another 2 in the form of a gorgeous Firecrest and a fleeting flight view of one of the Bitterns which where present.
 The 9th was a visit upto the Brenig with Dave and Charlie! Another great day with another 5 for the list beginning with fantastic views of the Great Grey Shrike, Bullfinch, a personal first for me in the form of a Willow Tit, Fieldfare and 2 Red Grouse.
 The 12th was WEBS count day on the Alaw Estury which brought me Green Shank, Hen Harrier,Red Legged Partridge and 2 Stock Doves.
 The 13th was another visit to rspb Conwy which ave me the additions of Whooper Swan, Black tailed Godwit, Lesser Redpole and Siskin.
 The 20th whilst walking the dogs over the mountain i managed to get the addition of a Stonechat and then on the 24th a Woodcock was flushed in the cae glas area in Holyhead.
  The 26th was a day out with my other mates Dave and Karl from Holyhead we visited the Spinnies, Morfa Aber and Conwy rspb. Highlights where the additions of Eider and Reed Bunting at the Spinnies followed with 2 lovely Dippers in the river which runs through the mudflats at Morfa Aber.
  The 27th was a quick visit to conwy rspb whilst i was in the area and this gave me a great addition of a Short Eared Owl which was sheltered in the scrub on the estury side of the lagoon.
  The 29th gave me a personnal first after a text from Ken Croft in the form of a lovely Little Gull at Bed Bay in Horendous! weather, but was worth getting soaked through lol.
  To finish off the month I visited Dave in Denbigh again ,on route I managed the addition of a Fulmar and then the both of us followed up on an invite from a chance meeting whilst at conwy rspb and we visited a farm on the Denbigh Moors which proved to be one of the best days birding for me personally as we where spoilt rotten not just by teas and biscuits but FANTASTIC views of various birds but the main reason for us visiting where the TREE SPARROWS ! 10 in all they where fantastic and so too where the Bramblings which we watched from the comfort of the living room FANTASTIC!! We finished off the day at a VERY VERY ROUGH AND WILD Kimmel Bay and this threw up the first Gannets of the year.
  So there we have it my first month of 2013 some brilliant birds, more than i thought i would ever get in January and a great start to the Year with the months total of  125 :-)
 Some pics from January

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