Monday, 24 November 2014

That's why it's limping!

Colin Davies from St Helens sent me this photo of the Anglesey Purple Heron recently and he pointed out that the left leg is much smaller than the right leg, presumably a developmental abnormality, so it's not surprising it's got an exaggerated limp! Either that, or the left leg is abnormally pointing sideways? Which again would cause a limp.Thanks for that Colin.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Purple Heron still on Anglesey

The Purple Heron was still showing this afternoon. See post below for directions.
ps Please view from public rights of way and don't tress-pass (apparently some people were today), so as not to spoil relations with the landowners and local birders thanks.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Black Redstart at Amlwch Port today

Whilst enjoying a spot of lunch with the kids at Coffee Cups Cafe at the Sail Loft in Amlwch Port I looked out of the window as a few weeks earlier I had had great views of Risso's Dolphins. But a lot closer this time was a Black Redstart sitting on the wall before it flew up onto the roof. I ran outside to get a few photos with the three kids following me with their ice creams like ducklings as I tried to follow it as it flitted around the port area. Five minutes later it was back ontop of the cafe again. Black Redstarts are scarce passage migrants/winter visitors to North Wales and are always nice to see, with their quivering ginger tails !

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Anglesey Purple Heron

The Purple Heron was showing well again today north of Llanfaelog near Rhosneigr. See the map, X marks the spot. It often hunkers down well but will come out into the open. It has developed one hell of an exagerated limp today which it didn't have yesterday, so it may not be in the best of health!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Anglesey Update

Here's a few recent photos I've taken at Cemlyn. Yesterday I had 14 Whooper Swans near Tre Ysgawen hall near Llangefni. There's been 18 Twite at Cemlyn 50 m in from the west car park on the shingle ridge, but they do wander around. There are three very confiding Snow Bunts at the top of Tyn Llan field ( the dead weedy field by the farm viewed from the coastal footpath. They're so close, you can easily walk past them unless they move! There are also these two showy divers. The GND came into the sluice pool by the west car park today giving great views.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

RSPB Conwy news

A green-winged teal was reported here a few weeks ago, and again today, when it was apparently photographed. If you're reading this and this was you, we'd be keen to see the photo.  No sign on the WeBS count today.

In other news, Cetti's warbler singing near the Bridge Pond, juvenile Scaup on the Deep Lagoon, Rock Pipit on the estuary, and regular views of Kingfisher, of which there are at least two birds here.

Old Colwyn Surf Scoters

Me and Mike had 6 Surf Scoters off Old Colwyn this morning, 5 ad drakes and an imm drake. Little Auk flew west past Pensarn too. Typical poor picture from me,