Wednesday, 27 March 2013

4 Lifers in one day!

Well yesterday (26th march) I had a full days birding around Gwynedd and Anglesey with my old school mate Peter who traveled up from Shropshire.
We started at 8am in Bedmanerch Bay with only a handful of birds most notable where the Brents but they where low numbers as it was high tide.
Then a drive up to Llandulas to show him the Scoters and he was gob smacked at the amount of birds ,but due to the choppy seas it was hard to see if there where any other notable birds.
Next we dropped in to Rhos on sea and with the very high tide the Turnstones and a couple of Purple Sands where showing extremely well on the top of the rocks at number 43 you could view them perfectly from the top path!
Onto Caerhun and Llanbedr in search of the Hawfinches but unfortunately we dipped out on them but we where given a lovely show off a Red Kite flying above us in the snow BLIZZARD!
Time for a warm up so down to RSPB Conwy after a quick coffee and a piece of BaraBreth we walked the reserve but it was  very quiet most notable where Grey wagtail,Peregrine and Sparrow Hawk.
A quick drive back along the A55 took us to Abergwyngregin  in search of a Dipper,but again we dipped on these first time I've failed to see one here? Having said that we where honored to have a beautiful show off a Goldcrest at soem points we thought it may land on us next, fantastic little bird.
After a quick bite to eat it was back onto the 55 and down to the Spinnies boy where we in for a treat! we had a quick look in the small hide and had brilliant views of a snipe feeding in the shallows and then we walked to the estuary hide. On the way as we approached the white gate we could hear an alarm type call sounded similar to a Blackbird but also similar to a Greater Spotted Woodpecker??? I was coming from the small clearing in front of us so we walked toward sit as we couldn't see anything THEN! A Short Eared Owl flew up from the ground right in front of Peter what a surprise!! It proceeded to fly over the trees in the direction of the Lagoon!
So off we rushed to the hide, there where two people sat there unfortunately looking out of the estuary side so they hadn't seen the Shortie, so we opened the lagoon side windows and wasn't long Peter spotted the Shortie fly up from the edge of the water and perch in the trees in front of us FANTASTIC!! It stayed for sometime so we managed to show it to the couple who where there and they where amazed at the views through the scope of this magnificent bird.
Next on the list of locations was Red Wharf Bay in search of the Snow Buntings and within a few yards after getting out of the car there they where feeding happily on the grass next to the parking bay brilliant views second to none.
It was getting on so we decided to head back towards Pentreath to scan the huge gathering of Gulls which where on the fields which had been sprayed by the farmer,but unfortunately no White Wingers.
Back to Holyhead to try for the Black Guillemots and we managed to find one in the rough water in the fish dock.
The day drew to a close with me dropping a VERY HAPPY Peter off in Trearddur Bay at 6pm after manageing to find him 4 Lifers in a day and on the way home i nipped into South Stack to add Razorbill and Guillemot to the day list which ended with us seeing a total of 80 birds, Happy days :-)

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