Saturday, April 23, 2011

Plex moss and Marshside,

   Checked out the mosses to see if any dotterel had dropped in but no sign of any today. They seem to be very early this year. Nice to see the grey partridge, corn bunts and yellowhammers showing well. On to marshside and a drake garganey was a smart bird from nels hide. Still 280 pinkfeet on the marsh today but no sign of the whitefront. Lots of sedgey's and reedy's singing  even though it was very chilly and overcast today.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Seaforth NR,
 A great selection of birds on this Good Friday. A stonking male whinchat was on the long bank with the 20 wheatears and 30 alba wags,and a couple of yellow wags also added to the show. Still a flock of 2000 oystercatchers, always an impressive sight as they take flight. House martins were collecting mud from the pool to make their des res in the nearby suburbs. Lesser whitethroat, whitethroat, blackcap and willow warbler were on site. 4 little gulls were over the marina and 50 arctic terns flew in and out again. Common terns were up to 28 and 15 sandwich terns also
3 lrp's , a spangley female ruff, 2 common sandpipers, 12 whimbrel flew over, 3 knot, 2 turnstone and a few dunlin. A red admiral and brimstone today. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Seaforth NR

The needle like bill and pale super of the spot red at Seaforth today

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Dwyran Anglesey N Wales
The first views of this bird were in flight as it came in and landed near the small pond . We then had excellent views of this adult purple heron as it fed along the edge of the pond. It was feeding well and caught at least 5 fish whilst we watched it. Viewed from the footpath which is about 200 metres away was plenty close enough with a bird this big.  
Called it at Llanfairfechan on the way home. At least 25 red throated divers still, 5 gannets feeding close in  and a dozen sandwich terns. Plenty of auks and great crested grebes also.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Seaforth NR
After yesterdays lapland bunting I thought I would give hide C an hour first. After a heavy rain shower a lapland bunting appeared near the fence at 12.45. A few distant record shots and I alerted others but only Chris Gregson who was nearby managed to see it before it flew off high to the north as the sun came out. We initially assumed it was yesterdays bird but after reviewing photos of each lapland bunting it was clear that they were 2 different lapland buntings.
Another good bird today was a purple sandpiper on the causeway. 30 white wags,4 wheatears, 20 meadow pipits, 3 chiffchaffs and a willow warbler and a swallows and a few sand martins. 

Todays bird

This bottom picture is Chris Gregson's Saturday lapland bunting

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Seaforth NR,

  Good numbers of common migrants today with18 white wags,10 wheatears, 12 sand martins,1 swallow, chiffchaff and willow warbler. An adult yellow legged gull and 2 little gulls also. Missed the lapland bunting found earlier today found by Chris Gregson near hide C.