Photographing my Yellowhammers this afternoon and this little beauty appeared on my bird table,for the third day running. I know its not a bird but they take some beating.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
A Gull-billed Tern was in Mid-Wales on Thursday. It's quite a rare bird in Britain but otherwise you can find it on all continents bar Antarctica. I still needed it for my British list but when it turned up at Burton Mere Wetlands near Queensferry on the border on friday afternoon I thought I would chance it after work, and thankfully it hung around long enough for me to get it! It showed well but occasionally followed Black headed gulls hawking over an adjacent field prior to heading out into the estuary c.8.30 pm. It wasn't seen there today. I wonder where it will turn up next? Leighton Moss or Caerlaveroch perhaps? Great reserve, loads of Blackwits, Avocets, Green Sand and breeding plumage Ruffs and Spotted (Black) Redshanks. Wonderful!
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Here's a selection of shots of yesterday's Squacco Heron at Cemlyn when it was relocated in the evening. Initially it was perched in some willows by a ditch but then it flew to the top of the bushes where it stayed for at least 20 minutes prior to flying towards the shore and presumably away as it wasn't seen again.
|It showed well for quite a while.|
|It was quite noticeable when we first spotted it!|
|David arrived to Police the Twitch.|
|It didn't like the local Buzzard.|
|Brian Iddon let a Birder in a Suit use his scope, but it wasn't Martin.|
|Then it flew off.|
|....and then Martin arrived.|
|But sadly Martin couldn't relocate it and even some kind words |
from a passing cow failed to cheers him up.
It was found yesterday at 8am by the warden Dawn at 8am in the cow drinking pool viewable from the walled off house Bryn aber, then it flew to the adjacent wet field then flew off inland at 8.05. It returned c. 1.30ish when it was in the ditch by the old stone pigshed on the track down to Tyn llan farm for c.20 minutes then it flew towards Hen Borth. It was relocated at c.6.15 pm in willows beyond Tyn llan farm on the path to the chapel in the field then walk left down to the ditch where the footpath crosses it. It flew up into the tree tops, periodically calling, a frog like "bok". then at 6.52-ish it flew off towards the shoreline, not inland like on previous occasions, and wasn't relocated later on that evening.
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
As spring migration has finished the breeding season is in full swing and it's also a good time for flowers at the moment. The endemic South Stack Spatulate fleawort is showing well near Ellen's tower and so are the nationally rare and highly localised Spotted Rockrose. For the Rockrose Porth Diana near Trearddur Bay is a good spot to see it, but parking can be a bit of a challenge so it may be easier to walk to the site from the nearest public car-park. The two maps at the end of this post show where Porth Diana is and where the best spot to look for them at South Stack is. Silver studded blues are also out at present. Below are some of the photos I took last weekend from that neck of the woods.
|South Stack Spatulate Fleawort|
|The Peregrine chicks have now fledged. This one landed very close|
to us allowing the kids naked eye views which was nice.
|Walking up the lighthouse.|
|Close views of Razorbill on the bridge to SS Island|
|Watching a gull egg hatch|
|Hatching Lesser black backed Gull|
|Rock rose at South Stack|
|NWWT Porth Diana Rockrose reserve|