Monday, August 13, 2018

Bird of the Week No.123

First Peregrine of the winter back as Curlews return to the Artro Estuary; tracked this bird for over 30 minutes as it circled high over the land, flexed taut like a bow...


















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Monday, August 6, 2018

Bird of the Week, No 122

The southward 'ebb tide' of migratory birds begins after the longest day: the first Whimbrel of the autumn was resting up on Llandanwg beach Saturday morning, heading south after breeding in the far north...


















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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Bird of the Week, No.121

A Reed Warbler was singing in reed beds near Llanbedr station halt last Thursday morning; less frantic song than similar Sedge Warbler; more demanding of Phragmites reed habitat and lacking the latter's prominent eye-stripe....



















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Monday, July 23, 2018

Bird of the Week, No 120

A female Goosander was shepherding 6 young upstream and downstream of the railway bridge above Pensarn harbour last weekend....



















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Monday, July 16, 2018

Bird of the Week, No 119

Spring territorial singing over, it's great to hear House Sparrows chirping from roofs and hedges in and around Llandanwg....















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Friday, December 2, 2016

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Hen Harrier, Grey Plover, Gt Northern Diver

Despite high pressure over western France, this western seaboard has been shrouded in ‘Scots mist’ for the past week or so. But hazel catkins are already a-dangle over the lane; narcissi shooting beside the gate; lawn needing a trim already: winter has been washed away leaving an early taste of spring.

Dull morning on the estuary brings fewer species than usual, but some memorable highlights. Expected neat little Teal, sharp-winged Wigeon and large upright Shelduck on shining mud-banks; small party of back-quiffed Merganser, drakes displaying in quietly filling estuary channel; large party of gulls rest up on wide sand flats. Heavy brown Curlew stand on the river bend; smaller, elegant grey and silver Redshank, active and alert.

Scanning for soaring raptors over far dunes, a small white bar floats over and across expansive reed-beds backed by dark osiers at the back of the marsh; only gradually, camouflaged, brown angled wings and long steering tail of female Hen Harrier materialises, quartering reed-bed margins.

On boulder shore, large, white-on-black Oystercatchers take off, ‘peeping’ frantically as usual with smaller, stripe-winged Turnstones; soft mewing with buzzing calls from a party of small, fast, sharp-winged Ringed Plover and Dunlin wheeling out over the sea then back and away up the estuary. Two distinctive plaintive calls from a single, medium-sized wader heading away in direct flight across the estuary mouth, grey with pale wing-stripe, belly and rump, alighting upright and stout billed in dark bladder-wrack: first Grey Plover of the year.

Taking the eye from the ‘scope, a long, low, dark form swims seaward in the estuary mouth below, heavy-ridged brow deciding unusually close view of Great Northern Diver, seen here perhaps once a year, twisting up a clear white belly to preen before swimming fast with the current into spreading waters of the filling estuary.

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