Sunday, 27 June 2010
27-6-10, Whitemoor haye.
A bit later starting today with a 06.00 start. An hours walk around the back lanes produced Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Swallow, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Skylark, Wren, Grey Heron, Goldfinch, Linnet, Magpie, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting, Common Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Robin, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Swift, Black-headed Gull, Starling and Yellow Wagtail. A quick drive and I was at the quarry pool and I added mallard, Lapwing, Barnacle Geese, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Mute Swan and Oystercatcher. In the next month I am on call every other week. I also have a busy social life this time of year so birding will be quite minimal. The weather forecast is for hot weather so that aint going to be much fun either.
Last word to the three lions out in South Africa and chin up lads, you now have a month of before going back to work were you will be hard at work (I'm sure) earning your many thousands of pounds a week whilst a lot of us will be working very hard just to keep our jobs!
Monday, 21 June 2010
18-6-10, South Stack RSPB.
I have not been to many seabird colonies in my time as a birder. They are all special and usually offer something different but South Stack has to be my favorite. Why? I dont know. Maybe because it was my first seabird colony I ever went to. Maybe its complete ruggedness. I'm not sure. All I know is I love coming here. Birds noted here were Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Hooded Crow (year tick), Chough (year tick), Common Whitethroat, Stonechat, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Linnet, Gannet (two out at sea, year tick), Razorbill (year tick), Oystercatcher, Fulmar (year tick), Peregrine, Guillemot (year tick), Puffin (year tick), Swift, Cormorant, Sand Martin, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and House Sparrow. A brilliant couple of hours spent here.
18-6-10, Holyhead Harbour.
This is a great place to watch Black Guillemots as long as you can find the car park where to watch them from. Where the Sea-Cat moors up then leaves, it goes around a right hand bend to get to the new harbour before open sea. It is on the inside of that right hand bend where you can park inches away from the water and so you can scan left and right for the birds. Birds noted were Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Black Guillemot (year tick, nine in total), Grey Heron, Swallow, House Sparrow, Ringed Plover, House Martin, Cormorant and Great Black-backed Gull.
18-6-10, Cemlyn Bay.
This is another of Anglesey crown jewels. This site has a breeing tern colony and has had many special birds here. I missed a Sooty Tern here by hours a few years ago. A Bee-eater and a Common Rosefinch had been seen here the last couple of days. Birds noted were Swallow, Shelduck, Coot, Mute Swan, Mallard, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, common Whitethroat, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Red Breasted merganser (year tick), Sandwich Tern (year tick), Arctic Tern, Turnstone (year tick), Ringed Plover, Pheasant, Common Tern, Kestrel, Mediterranean Gull, Goldfinch, Manx Shearwater (year tick), Razorbill, starling, House Martin, Linnet and Greylag Geese.
18-6-10, Conwy RSPB.
With the very early morning thanks to the Quail I headed for Conwy for some food and relaxation. I had targeted some birds on my trip and one I was struggling with was Water Rail. Inner Marsh Farm usually delivers but not this time. Conwy also is a very good place to see them. I decided to have some food and drink at the restuarant at Conwy. Out of the window is also the area where Water Rails are best seen. Once I had a belly full I had a very slow walk around the reserve. Birds noted were House Sparrow, Swallow, Canada Geese, Coot, Lapwing, House Martin, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Dunnock, Magpie, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Gadwall, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Oystercatcher, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Wren, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Common Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Greylag Geese, Goldfinch, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Curlew and Linnet. No sign of any Water Rail. Tiredness had got the best of me so I did a bit of friend visiting before watching the football. The less said about that the better too.
On returning to the campsite I was informed that a Red Kite had flown over the Clwyd Valley during the day. Typical but I cannot complain I suppose.
17-6-10, Gronant Sands.
Here is the only nesting site in Wales for Little Terns, and I cannot remember the last time I have been here. Rubbish. After finding somewhere to park it was a good walk in the sun and heat to the breeding colony. I don't know how many birds breed here but the breeding status here is decribed as very good. Good news for this magical tiny tern. Birds noted on this site were Common Whitethroat, House Martin, Dunnock, Skylark, Swallow, Mute Swan, Coot, Goldfinch, Little Tern (year tick), Ringed Plover, Starling, Oystercatcher, Carrion Crow, Mallard, and Pied Wagtail.
17-6-10, Point of Ayr RSPB.
It has been six plus years sincve I have been to this site and I was really looking forward to it. It is basically a hide at Talacre in North Wales and it overlooks a big bay at the start of the Dee estuary. It can be a very good place to watch storm blown birds but it is best viewed at the high tides and today I was going to be in time for an 8.8 meter tide, pretty good. It is not the biggest hide so you need to get there at least two hours before high tide and there is also a good half an hour walk. All of this information is useful but for one thing. Whilst at Inner Marsh Farm I was speaking to a local birder anmd I told him I was to visit this site. He tol;d me that the hide was no more as the kids had vandalised it. This does not suprise me considering it is in the middle of the North Wales coast holiday park. The Scouse and Manc kids need to feel at home so they destroyed the hide. Cheers. I was not to keen on going but I thought what the hell. Birds noted were House Sparrow, Herring Gull, Swallow, Blue Tit, Starling, Carrion Crow, Moorhen, House Martin, Robin, Reed Bunting, Shelduck, Wren, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Cormorant, Goldfinch, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Blackbird. Not the best birding I have had here by far. I got comfortable on the base of a new vandal-proof hide which is going to be built soon but there was a severe heat haze and I couldn't pick anything out over the sea. If you have never been here, do go once the new hide is up, especially in the autumn on a high tide, it can be brilliant.
Monday, 14 June 2010
13-6-10, Croxall GP.
there were a few dark clouds gathering but I decided to head around the reserve. Fortunately there were only a couple of cars in the car park and no dogs in site. hurrah. Birds noted were Garden Warbler I had some crippling views of at least three birds on the walk, superb, Cormorant over, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chaffinch, Mallard, Coot, Sedge Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Great Crested Grebe, carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Goldfinch, Canada Geese, Pochard, Redshank, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Teal, Shoveler, Sand Martin, Oystercatcher and a single Barnacle Goose. Must have missed the Svalbard bus. Through to the east side and I added Reed Bunting, Rook, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Jackdaw, Willow Warbler, Tufted Duck, Common Tern, Stock Dove I think they are nesting in the Kestrel box as two flew out as I approached the hide, could have been roosting, Common Whitethroat, Moorhen, Skylark and Pied Wagtail. Back to the car and I added Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Starling, Great Tit, Blackbird and a few Swift. The trip was a bit spoilt by a man with a big lens ignoring the use of the hide and instead standing in front of it by the shore. Whats that all about?
Saturday, 12 June 2010
I know a couple of people who have already found this new blog, I can't though, on any search station. I am also a bit puzzled on what people can see on the page. I have put on about tem blogs that I visit often. When I get a preview, all I see is two, Belvde and Natalies blog. Is that what you guys see? I'm still trying to find my way around blogspot, please be patient.
Im now going to drink my coffee and go out birding. See you later.