Choughs have been seen daily here for the last week or so, flying south into the Conwy Valley each morning, with a flock of nine northeast yesterday afternoon - heading for the Little Orme?
Two firecrests showed well yesterday afternoon (male and female), and at least one chiffchaff is in the same area, around the Bridge Pond. Woodcock and merlin have been seen a couple of times in the last fortnight; there are numerous water rails around the reserve, and a few more goldeneyes starting to arrive.
More details of recent sightings on the reserve blog. Great photo of one of the firecrests on the Conwy Flickr pool, by Bob Garrett.
Monday, 29 December 2014
Thanks to Kelvin and Rob who managed to ring the 4 Cemlyn Twite this morning. They identified the ringed bird as being Z033607. This bird was ringed this summer up at Gairloch near Ullapool in Scotland as a youngster on the 29th August. Well done chaps :-)
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Today I headed over to North East Wales for some winter wonderland birding. Here's some of the cracking birds we saw including an interesting Common Crossbill with two wing-bars. Thanks to Tony and Mogs for their company and Tony for his expert 4x4 driving, without which we wouldn't have reached the places we did reach. Top man! (and the bacon butties ;-)
|Male Red Grouse, we saw c.25 birds on the moors.|
|I've never seen them do this with their tail! Prairie-chicken-esque!|
|We had 60+ Black Grouse|
|Hard times for Wrens.|
|Good Grouse habitat.|
|I never realised how well patterned female Red Grouse are.|
|Male Red Grouse.|
|Dippers are quite numerous in the area.|
|My first "two barred" Common Crossbill.|
|Tagged Red Kite|
|You need to be the early bird to catch the worm as quite quickly the moors can be covered in |
Cars, Cyclists and walkers. Use your car as a hide for best results and to minimise disturbance.
|"two barred" Common Crossbill|
Feeding by Car Park at the foot of Craig bran banog.
|"Unbarred" Common Crossbill.|
I'm putting some other images together to publish here soon.
Thursday, 25 December 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014
After goinig down and see David Wright's Wigeon at Red Wharf Bay it inspired me to look more closely at Wigeon! His bird was showing well still on Saturday from the Benllech end/Ship car park area. It was just like a Eurasian Wigeon but with the biggest green flash behind the eye I have ever seen. Plus a pale golden wash to the face. I then saw an American Wigeon in Lancashire the following day, plus some captive specimens at Martin Mere, then had a little surprise whilst looking at some Wigeon photos I took at Porthmadog two weeks ago.
|Red Warf Bay Wigeon on Saturday|
|Single American Wigeon at Marshide (Lancs) on Sunday|
|Wigeon,, Martin Mere on Sunday. Tiny bit of green behind the eye.|
|Chiloe Wigeon (the South American Wigeon, MM Saturday).|
|American Wigeon, MM Captive, Sunday.|
|Red Wharf Bay Wigeon, Saturday|
|Marshside American Wigeon.|
|Am. Wigeon Captive, Sunday MM.|
|Eurasian Wigeon, MM Sunday, wild.|
|Same as above, some green and quite a speckled face.|
|Wigeon, Porthmadog, two weeks ago.|
|More Porthmadog Wigeon.|
|I took this two weeks ago at Llyn Bach Porthmadog and only|
looked at it today as I wanted to check how many
Eurasian Wigeon have a green flash behind the eye,
then I saw the other Hybrid!!
|Spot the difference!|
|Presumably the same duck seen at Llyn Bach, Porthmadog on the |
24th Feb 2013 by Rob Sandham that we thought was a
Wigeon x Gadwall Hybrid.
|Presumably the same bird. Photo taken by Rob Sandham Feb 2013|
Note, the same bill pattern.
|RWB Saturday Wigeon|
|(Eu, Wigeon x Am. Wigeon) x Eu. Wigeon|
Looks like the RWB Bird.
|Assorted American x Eurasian Wigeon Hybrids|
Here's a selection of photos taken recently at Cemlyn. Apart from what's shown below there is a wintering Whimbrel at the West end usually around the Trwyn, but it can go to Tyn Llan beach or further down the coast. There has been two Greenshank, upto 4 Little Egrets, occasional Divers offshore plus other bits and bobs. Anything else David Wright?
|Up-to 4 Twite are still on the ridge.|
|Still 3 species|
|1 Purp with the Turstones|
|A very confiding Purple Sandpiper|
|A dark hooded (well streaked) Common Gull|
|Tip of the Trwyn|
|8 Grey Plover, 8 Purple Sandpipers and a Dunlin|