Tuesday, 10 November 2015

North-Wales bird news

Well the UK Yellow browed Warbler influx seems to have been followed up by a Firecrest influx. This is one of the birds David Wright found by the toilet blocks at Llaneilian on Saturday. When me and Tony went there on Sunday we had at least 4 birds in that area, mega :-) David had at least 2 there still today and a Bonxie off Lynas. David has also been getting over 50,000 starlings flying over Bodafon Mountain in the morning, coming in from the NW. Does anyone know where they are roosting? Martin had a nice Brambling in his Cemaes Garden at the weekend.
Today there was a Slavonian Grebe off Porthmadog cob, I think Norman needs to pull his finger out and find one or 4 at Beddmanarch Bay within the next week ;-) There are plenty of Brents building up there at the moment and usually a Med Gull or two.
John W had a Yellow Browed Warbler in a hedge at the back of Halen Mon by Anglesey Sea Zoo today. On the 7th there were 2 Snowbs at the west end of Pensarn beach and 2 Surf Scoters off Llandulas. Gareth H informed me of a Long eared Owl and 2 Barn Owls at The Castaways by Rhuddgaer near Dwyran on the 8th and 9th Nov, the LEO a very rare sighting on Anglesey, especially alive and not an A55 casualty.
Any photographers out there who need good photos of Scaup, there's a very approachable bird at Eirias Park boating lake in Colwyn bay. I'm sure it's worth a look if you're passing.


  1. Nice photos Steve, you did well, there's a lot of cover in that area! The Firecrests respond very well to 'pishing' I find, especially when you get close to them. Just watch out for dog walkers behind you, you will get some strange looks!

  2. Thanks David. There's nothing worst than someone sneaking up on you, catching you off-guard when pishing! By the way, the starling roost is apparently by the wind-farm at the back of Parys Mountain (south side).