Hoopoe by the Clwyd in RhylAlex Jones text me around Lunchtime to tell me that he'd found a Hoopoe in Rhyl! A great find and a species that I still needed because they are not the easiest bird to twitch! Ros and I set off for it and after about 30 minutes on site (the bird had been missing for an hour) Ros rang me with excitement in her voice to tell me she'd refound it! Fantastic stuff! I ran over to where she was and after about 15 seconds, someone with black and white wings fluttered up out of the bramble below us. Result! It flew out of site into a tree, but a few seconds later, it flew in and landed on a branch right in the open about 25ft in front of me allowing me to get the above photo. It was a very hard bird to see well for long and was very flighty. It eventually flew across from the ditch and landed in some grass right next to the public footpath allowing excellent scope views.
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Worlds worst record shot of 2 Stock Dove!
Vis-mig saw me get a patch tick in the form of 2 Stock Dove which flew SE in a steady stream of 234 Woodpigeon. There was also a continued notable Chaffinch and Starling movement SW with 620 of the former and 5900+ of the latter (with flock almost continuous throughout the morning, it was hard to count whilst ringing). Also, 173 Jackdaw E, 198 Herring Gull S, 3 Crossbill SW, 3 Brambling SW, 16 Bullfinch SW, 173 Jackdaw E, and 198 Herring Gull S
Friday, 18 October 2013
Vis-mig highlights were 2 Crossbill and a Brambling plus a nice array of Redwings and Song Thrush overhead
Ringing was relatively quiet but still managed 12 new birds and a recap Long-tailed Tit.
4 juvenile Goldcrest
3 Great Tit
3 Blue Tit
1 adult Chiffchaff 'collybita'
1 juvenile male Blackbird
The Chiffchaff was a real treat as it's only the 2nd I've caught whilst having a C permit, and both of this have been outside of the breeding season, so hopefully this bird will stick around over winter.
HOWEVER! I had a bird fly over that kind of made the day and spoilt it at the very same time!
I was ringing at the time and heard a very shouty, loud and metallic schreep call.
I've had Red-throated Pipit call set as my phone alarm for the last year and a half (after returning from Sweden when I saw/heard 2) and when the bird called, i kid you not, I went to turn off my phone alarm. It was a very distinctive call that tapered out at the end rather than stopping abruptly. (Sounded quite like a squeeky toy)
I then picked the bird up in flight and it was a thin bodied pipit with a relatively undulating flight.
The bird called 5 times and headed strongly East.
I obviously know that there is a very close similarity to Tree Pipit and Olive-backed Pipit, but I've always thought of Red-throated Pipit as being a lot more distinctive from the other two.
I didn't get any recordings and therefore guessed it wouldn't get accepted, told a few locals to keep their ears out and left it as that. I didn't expect it to get put out on Rare Bird Alert though....
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
1st calendar year male Lesser Redpoll
The male with an adult (2cy+) female Lesser Redpolls
One of the prettier Blue Tits of the day!
Did my first bit of ringing of the Bangor academic year this morning on Bangor Mountain with Ros. This is mainly due to Bangor Mountain always being windy as it is quite exposed, so took advantage of it being calm for the first time today.
We manged to catch 35 birds including 2 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Blue Tit, 6 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit (inc. 1 retrap originally ringed on 16/02/13), 3 Coal Tit & 2 Wren.
The Redpolls were the first to be caught on my permit, so was quite excited by this!
Overhead I managed 2 Crossbill, 2 Brambling, 12 Redpoll and 7 Skylark + lots of Redwings still heading SE
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Migrant(?) Great-spotted Woodpecker on burnt Gorse on Bangor Mountain
1 of 5 migrant 1st winter Common Gulls
Very showy Guillemot 'wrecked' in Bangor Harbour.
After lunch I decided to cover Bangor Harbour as much as I could with the hope of finding something decent. There was an obvious small gull migration, with an estimated 650+ Black-headed Gulls in 2 hours, plus 5 1st winter Common Gulls. I also managed to find a winter plumage Slavonian Grebe which is the first one I've seen around Bangor itself, despite seeing several off Llanfairfechan and Aber Ogwen this year alone. A nice record.
I was also nice to get some superb photo opportunities of a couple of Guillemots that appear to have not handled the strong winds especially well, but were actively feeding, so hopefully will be able to wade out the 'storms'.
Quieter than I had hoped, but managed to get lots of records to input to BirdTrack, so not a complete waist!