Monday, 27 December 2010

Woodcocks everywhere!

The cold spell has given people a chance of seeing Woodcock at close quarters in the Llandudno area. Here is a video of one I saw at Glanwydden last week.

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Jack Snipe at Penrhyn Beach




An extremely confiding Jack Snipe has been present below the Littel Orme at Penrhyn Bay this week allowing probably my best ever views of the species. Here are a selection of pictures I took.

Winter Birds

Brambling at Glanwydden Lane
Jack Snipe at Penrhyn Bay

Snowy Llandudno

Common Scoter near Little Orme

Snow Bunting at West Shore

The last couple of months have seen some interesting weather and some interesting birds to go with them. Here is a round up of what has been seen in the Ormes area throughout December

Up to Twite at Penrhyn Bay and Bodafon fields.

Jack Snipe at Penrhyn Bay, Glanwydden Lane and Little Orme

2 Woodlark at Glanwydden Lane Dec 19th and 20th
Up to 25 Brambling and 2 Tree Sparrow Glanwydden lane before the freeze

Waxwings seen in ones and twos at Llandudno

Snow Bunting in the West Shore

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Waxwings!

Waxwings all over Llandudno today with 50+ birds in the town. The birds favouring the area behind the Fire Station and the old Halfords (between 15 and 32 seen here), while up to 26 have been seen in Craig y Don around Craigy Don school Liddell Park, the Park and outside the doctor's surgery.

A chiff chaff was on the Little Orme too as were good numbers of Redwings and a single Fieldfare.






Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Black Redstart near Cairn

A female Black Redstart, possibly the same bird as reported last week was by the small cairn on the limestone pavements today. Park at the noth end and walk up the holl to the pile of stones near the corner of the wall.

Sunday, 7 November 2010



An excellent clear November's morning came up trumps with 6 Snow Buntings, including up to 5 still showing very well late morning. 7 Lapland Buntings flew over and were at one point joined by 5 Snow Buntings. Two were in the ploughed fields so there were possibly 9 today. A Woodcock showed well along the wall and nearly colided with me as it whizzed past. Other birds on the move were 4 Crossbills over, 3 Golden Plover, 2 Bullfinch, 50+ siskin, 10+ Redpoll sp., 15+ Brambling, plenty of Redwings, Blackbirds, Song thrushes and Mistle Thrushes, 29 Skylarks, 2 Reed Buntings, Goldcrest, many Woodpigeon, Rooks and 2 Lapwings.Also notable was a Grey Plover along west shore. Very few birders about today so all these birds were watched in peace and tranquility. Many birds were resting before they continued on their travells, such as this Woodpigeon in the gorse at the northern end.



Saturday, 6 November 2010

Catching up with sightings













Unfortunately due to computer malfunction, the blog has not been updated for a while. Here are the notable records for the last few weeks:-
Today , November 6th - 3 Waxwings by the churchyard, Lapland Bunting in the ploughed field, male Ring Ouzel on the northern cliffs, 4 Crossbill over, 10+ Brambling, 50+ Siskin, 20+ Blackbirds, 4 Fieldfare, Redwing and 4 Mistle Thrushes.

Friday, November 5th - one Lapland Bunting near cemetery and 12 Crossbill over
November 1st - Lapland Bunting
October 31st - Ring Ouzel in sheep fields, male Snow Bunting on the limestones, 3 Lapland Buntings in the ploughed filed and 3 Crossbill over
October 30th - Ring Ouzel in Hawthorns, 30+ Brambling over and Lapland Bunting.
October 28th - 3 Waxwings over and 60+ Bramblings
October 27th - 13 Waxwings - 11 over and 2 Churchyard
October 26th - 12 Waxwings in Hawthrons behind cemetery








Pictures of Ring Ouzel on limestones, 3 Waxwings (photographed by Bob) on wires behind the cemetery and of the perfect rainbow seen today, a symbol of hope that a goodie is yet to grace the headland?


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Richard's Pipit, Waxwings and Hawfinch rescue the autumn!

At last some birds can be reported from the headland. A Ring Ouzel feeding in the ploughed field heralded the start of a good couple of days. Sunday produced star bird of the autumn so far; a fine Richard's Pipit flew in from the north, calling before circling the pavements and flying towards the summit. Later in the day, two Waxwing (Pete Alderson) were present briefly in the churchyard. Monday morning saw many birders present and a good haul if birds. The early risers were rewarded with 4 Hawfinches flying over (Alan Davies); only the third known record for the headland. The 2 Waxwing showed well in bright sunshine on wires above the churchyard early morning, while those searching later o'n scored with a very late Yellow Wagtail here. The limestones produced Snow Bunting and Lapland Bunting while many hundreds of finches, including Brambling passed overhead.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Nightjar Nightmare

Alan Davies thought he'd struck gold as he saw a Nightjar type bird flying away from him this morning. However, the bird just continued to fly away from him and wasn't seen again. Qhat chances it being a Nighthawk? We will never know!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Bunting feast!

Although a bit disappointing due to perfect vis mig conditions here were some highlights. These included two Lapland Buntings (Alan Davies), a Snow Bunting and at least 4 Reed Buntings. 2 Tree Sparrow flew over (Alan Davies) while 17 Crossbills were also on the move, including two in the churchyard late afternoon.. 5 Brambling, the first Fieldfare and 20+ Redwing were autumn migrants while the regular birds were joined by Robins, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes overnight. 150+ Chaffinch, 30+ greenfinch, 5 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 4 Great it and a Chiff chaff also on the move. A 'tail-less' lark amongst the Skylarks flying over could have been a Woodlark, but could just have well been a Skylark without a tail!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Heron puzzler!

A probable Purple Heron flew ove rthe limestone pavements this morning. Seen by Pete Alderson he quickly alerted others to a Heron with an 'S' shaped neck, but unfortunately it continued west eluding other birders.
6 Lapland Buntings were still present along with the male Snow Bunting on the limestone pavements some 100 yards along the western cliffs from the car park. Picture by Julian Wheldrake.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Birds on the move - at last!


Despite the gloomy, quiet start this morning things started to pick up as the morning progressed and birds seemed to be on the move all day.
A good showing by the local birders had seven pairs of eyes increacing the count and a combined total of birds included:-
10+ Lapland Buntings (John Roberts 10 and Tom Gravett 1), a cracking male Snow Bunting which was still present mid-afternoon, a male Ring Ouzel along Llys Helyg Drive, a ringtail Hen Harrier (Tom Gravett and Adrian Foster), 17+ Crossbill, 20+ Skylark (inc. 10 in the ploughed field), 750+ Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 40+ Siskin, 100+ Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, 10+ Pied Wagtails, 20+ Redwings, 10+ Mistle Thrushes, 20+ Coal Tits, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Chiffchaffs, Golden Plover, 3 Snipe and the now near resident Stock Dove in the ploughed field. Not a bad day all in all!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Full of eastern promise but nothing delivered.

A frustrating week with good conditions including an earterly airflow during the latter part of the week. Thursday saw two Crossbills and six Brambling over, while two Lapland Buntings were present on Tuesday. Snipe and Stock Dove have been seen most days while a Barn Owl on Tuesday evening giving stunning views was probably the highlight. Things can only get better.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Crosbills highlight of week

videoHighlight of a quiet week were 17 Crossbills that passed over head on Thursday. One was present on Friday and another seven seen on saturday morning. Treecreepers have been present this week with up to three birds frequenting the headland, one in the cemetery, one in the hawthorns and the bird videod below in the gorse at the northern end. The very bright white supercilium makes me wonder whether the bird is of the 'familiaris' northern race. A Nuthatch is also frequenting the cemetery area, while other birds here this weekend have included up to 8 Goldcrest, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, House Sparrow, 100+ Greenfinch and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. An excellnt movement of Tits has taken place with 100+ Blue Tits moving through on saturday, including a flock of 56! 18 Long tailed Tit, 4 Coal Tit and 10+ great tits were also part of the movement. The ploughed field has attracted a few birds with a cracking female Yellowhammer present today, a female / 1st winter Reed Bunting yesterday, 2 Skylarks, 5 Wheatear, 100+ Linnets, 50+ Greenfinch, 10+ Pied / White Wagtail, many Meadow Pipits and a super Stock Dove (videod bleow)

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Pure frustration!

What a morning of frustration. A 'locustella' Warbler was flushed from alongside the wall and was subsequently seen three times in flight as it flitted from clumps of bracken. Initially flushed from the short grass it remained hidden in a clump of bracken for a few minutes before flying to a second clump and again remaining hidden. Disaster struck just before the first birders arrived when it flitted out of cover across the track into thick undergrowth. Despite searching the bird did dot show again. At works a Grasshopper Warbler, but at bets ....wo knows? 2 Lapland Bunting over the cemetery and one showed well in the ploughed field. Six Crossbill over and several Tits on the move with 30+ Blue, 10+ Great, 2 Coal and 7 Long tailed Tits. 3 Chiff-chaff, Goldcrest, 2 Grey Watails and 9 Dunnock (including a flock of 6 appearing out of the sky) were on the move. Mike Nesbitt flushed a Short eared Owl from the limestones twice in a space of ten minutes.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

4 Lapland Bunts today

A showy Lapland Bunting seen early on the small hill to the east of the car park. 3 birds seen later on by Chris Bridges. One Goldcrest and 2 Chiff-chaff best of the rest on a cold morning. Great picture by Mike Nesbitt.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Laplands still present

The seven Lapland Bunting are present going into the weekend. They can be elusive but those willing to give a little time are generally rewarded with good views. North end of the Limnestones and the area near the small quarry above the lighthouse seem to be best. Very little else up there during the latter past of the week, with up to 3 Common Snipe being the best of the rest.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Buntings pose for cameras


The seven Lapland Buntings were still present today and showed very well at times at the north end of the limestones. Bob captured these lovely birds with the camera and the pictures have to be some of the best taken of this species on the Orme. Two of the pictures can be seen above. Other birds on the Orme today included a Nuthatch seen by David Dixon on the limestones, drinking from the small pools on the limestone pavements, 25+ Blue Tits, 3 Great Tits, Coal Tit, 11+ Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Chiff -chaff all on the limestone area.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Even more Lapland Buntings!

Seven birds today just west of the picnic tables at the North end!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

More Lapland Buntings

There were fout Lapland Buntings on the Great Orme limestone pavements this morning near the fenced off area at the northern end.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Lapland Buntings and Snow Bunting

The Great Orme held two Lapland Buntings this morning, including a bird which showed on and off for most of the day. Visible migration was evident with the first flocks of Chaffinches and Greenfinches making their west. Threev Redpoll and 2 Siskin also flew overhead while a scattering of Goldcrests, Chiff-chaff, Blackcap, Willow warblers and Wheatear could be seen.
Henry Cook was up the Little Orme where he logged another two Lapland Buntings, while the first Snow Bunting of the autumn flew west. A suingle Leach's Petrel was offshore which was caught and devoured by a Great Skua! An adult Mediterranean Gull was offshore, while 10 Bottle nosed Dolphons passed west at the Great Orme early morning with several jumping right out of the water.

Last day of seawatching.

Birders were assembled at Rhos Point due to the North westerley wind that pushed birds into the bay. As they round the Little Orme they pass Rhos Point and the comfort of watching from he car tempts many here. 200+ Leach's Petrels again today along with adult Pomerine Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxies, Balearic Shearwater, Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter, 6 Black Tern and several Kittiwakes, 10+ Red throated Diver and a movement of Auks, Sandwich Terns, Common and Arctic Terns, Gannet and Fulmars. The wind continued throughout the day but by evening had calmed considerably. Adrian Foster did really well to capture these images in the evening gloom.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Even more seawatching! best day yet.

An incredible 240+ Leach's Petrels were counted throughout the day off Rhos Point between 06.45 and 19.30 (therefore must have passed nearby Little Orme). Five juvenile Sabine's Gulls were seen including one seen by Chris Jones and Jon Clarke that landed on nearby Penrhyn Bay beach beklow the Little Orme! Two juvenile Long tailed Skuas, 2 Pomerine Skuas, 6 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, Balearic Shearwater, Storm Petrel, 50+ Red throated Divers, 5 Black Terns, Golden and Grey Plover, 4 Pintail, 300+ Common Scoter, 70+ Manx Shearwater and many kittiwakes, Auks, Terns and Gannets.
A Little Shearwater was reported to the information services flying past at 18.33! The person who claimed it did not tell the other 10+ people present and even phoned it in while standing next to them. Bit strange that...?Must go down as one of the best all day counts at the Point. Any one up the Little Orme?

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

More seawatching

A slow start to the day with just one Arctic Skua and a Red throated Diver between 6.45 and 8.15am. However things got slightly better as the day wore on. 4 Leach's Petrels flew past the east side of the Little Orme along with 2 Bonxie and an Arctic Skua as well as 20+ Manx Shearwaters and a steady passage of Kittiwakes, Auks and Gannets.

Nearby, Rhos Point produced a Sooty Shearwater (Adrian Foster), 14 Leach's Petrel, 2 Bonxies and 2 Arctic Skuas (Alan Davies and Rob Sandham).

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Seawatching

Between 4.40 amd 5.20pm the following birds flew west off the Little Orme- juv Long tailed Skua (lingered in the Kittiwake flock for a while), 2 Bonxie, 2 Leach's Petrels, 50+ Manx Shearwaters, 15 Common Scoter and a few kittiwake, Gannets and Fulmars. Unfortunately I had to leave at this point. The Manxies were quite close with some settling on the sea.
Later on Chris Jones had another 2 Leach's Petrels.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Grim few days rescued by Lapland Bunting!

The last few mornings have been rather grim up the Orme, with lots of rain, low cloud and a brisk south westerly. Highlight on Thursday and friday were a single Lapland Bunting near the sheep dung on both mornings, both times giving away its presence by calling overhead.
videoThis morning there was a small fall of phylloscs around the cemetery along with 3 Blackcap, while the limestones held 2 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest and one each of Willow Warbler and Chiff-chaff.
Good news is that the Swallows nesting near the church have started to leave the nest with above vieo footage being taken yesterday and this mornong only one was left..

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Osprey tops off fine morning

*Evening update - Wheatear numbers rose from 7-8 pre 8am to an impressive 35+ birds later in the morning. This evening 2 Swifts were near the Little Orme.
There were a lot of birds up the Great Orme this morning with many birds arriving an hour after first light. Willow Warblers were bird of the day with 30+ birds on the limestones alone. A single female type Common Redstart was in the gorse at the north end, while Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Whitethroat were in the Hawthorns along the wall.
The cemetery was also full of Willow Warblers, with just one Garden warbler the only 'different' bird (per A.Davies and P.Alderson).
Later on, a fine Osprey flew over Llanudno Town Centre and Craig y Don causing every gull in town to rise to the air and make a racket.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Lesser Whitethroat

This morning's birds included the following - Lesser Whitethroat in hawthorns on limestones and showing very well, 2 Whinchat - one at north end and one above cemetery, 2 Golden Plover dopped in by the picnic tables at the north end (per PAlderson), a sprinking of fresh looking Willow Warblers and a few Chiff-chaffs, while 8+ Wheatears were vocal on the limestones.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Weather looks perfect

Wow! Check out the weather charts. The weather lokms perfect for a fall of migrants over the enxt few days and hopefully a scarcity amongst them. The next few days through to the weekend could be promising. However, the past few days have been a bit quiet. Yesterday produced a Golden Plover and a Lesser Whitethroat (per alan Davies), while todays highlight was a Balearic Shearwater offshore with 100+ Manx Shearwaters (per Henerz). Migrants included 7 Goldcrests, a Golden Plover, 5 Northern Wheatears and a scattering of phylloscs. Resident birds include 4 Choughs on the limestone pavements while the Peregrines are showing superbly including two adults and a juvenile bird. Those migrants better wach out...!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

A few days of migrant trickle

A few migrants have been trickling through over the past few days. Highlight this morning was a Nuthatch found by Julian and Henerz in the cemetery. These birds are a scarce visitor to the summit area with only a few records each year. However, if you want it for your Orme list there is a pair that frequents Happy Valley and Invalids Walk.
Other migrants today included 2 Spotted Flycatcher in the churchyard, a Whinchat on the limestones as well as a Golden Plover, Merlin, 6 Wheatear and 3 Commin Snipe. Up to six Snipe have been present over the past few days. Three Tree Pipits flew over on Thursday morning while yesterday's highlight were 3 Great spotted Woodpeckers.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

September driving me Batty!

A quiet morning on the whole with six Common Snipe being the highlight being flushed from the limestone pavements. A strange call heard independently by two observers sounded like a possible Common Rosefinch - certainly one to look out for amongst the Linnets and Greenfinches on the headland at the moment. 10+ Wheatear and small groups of Meadow Pipits still moving through. Goldcrests are also pickeing up with eight birds today - nearly as many as were seen for the whole of last autumn!

This evening an amazing 'flock' of 15+ Noctule Bats http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/species/Common_Noctule were near Craigside, commuting between Bodafon fields and the Little Orme. These truly impressive 'giant' bats seemed to be feeding on flying ants which had attracted hundreds of gulls to these fields earlier in the day. The spectacle started at around 8pm and the bats were still present, sometimes just yards overhead, at 8.30pm when they had been joined by a few Pipistrelle Bats. Worth a look at the same time tomorrow, especially as the Space Station pases over head at this time and can clearly be seen from this spot.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

August 31st update - Hen Harriers

Alan's just had 2 'ring-tail' Hen Harriers on the limestones! still present around 1pm. Golden Plover there too. These strange 'August' birds keep arriving.
Also a report of a smallish game bird this morning. Be good to re-locate it!

More Lapland Buntings

Pics by Robin Sandham (Sept 2009)
At least four Lapland Buntings on the Orme this morning, possibly up to six. Three lots of two were seen, four in off the sea at the limestone pavements (Mike Duckham) and 2 over the cemetery. This unusual August influx is most interesting, with birds being recorded all over the country and other local birds at the Range, Anglesey and on Bardsey recently.

Other migrants today included 2 Spotted Flycatchers in the ecemetery, 6 Goldcrest, 10+ Wheatear, 8 Chiff Chaff, 3 Willow Wabler, 3 Blackcap and a Whitethroat.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers are on the move with at least 2 birds seen on the limestones and another two by the cemetery. One poor juvinile bird was attacked by a Peregrine on the limestones andthen by a Kestrel when it had reached the safety of the Churchyard. After much squawking and feather shuffling it recovered and continued on its way. 4 Bullfinch, 4 Mistle Thrush, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 20+ Chaffinch and 2 Grey Wagtail also noted.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Wheatears on the move.

At least Twenty Wheatears were on the limestone pavements in a small movement this morning. a Tree Pipit flew over 'buzzing' away, while warblers were represented by 2 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcap, 10 Chif chaff and 3 Willow Warblers.
Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Bullfinch were also present, with Peregrine and Buzzard showing superbly.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Full day's Seawatch on the Little Orme



6.30am-5.30pm - Force 6 North Westerly gusting force 7 and swinging more North during the day. A bit slow much of the time today but what it lacked in quantity it had in quality and a great showing from the local hoping birders. After several drenchings during the morning the sun came out and it was a great afternoon. Sightings included:

1 Grey Phalarope flying west at 15.25, 1 Black Tern (adult winter through in the morning between rain showers), 1 Black Guillemot, 7 Great Skuas, 6 Arctic Skuas (3 d.p., 4 p.p. birds)
2 Red-throated Divers (early returning sum.plums.), 50+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Teals, 35 Common Scoters, 1 Arctic Tern, 24 Common Terns, c700 Sandwich Terns, c150 Manx Shearwaters, c1000 Kittiwakes, 1 Redshank, 7 Curlew, 6 Oycs, 2 small wader sp

Hats off to Henry Cook who put in a ten hour plus stint today - a hardcore seawatcher, and to Adrian Foster for the photos (some challenge in a force 7 North westerly!)

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Long tailed Skua star bird as winds pick up.

Long tailed Skua by Dan Brown (off Co.Mayo Aug 2010). Today's Little Orme bird was a little further away!
The winds picked up this afternoon and a few birds began to pass the Little Orme. Star bird was found by Chris Jones when an adult Long tailed Skua passed west at 5pm. It (or another bird) passed again between 5.25 and 5.30pm.
A dark phase Arctic Skua was also noted along with several Kittiwakes, Common Scoter, Gannet and Manx Shearwaters. Sandwich and Common Terns were also seen in smaller numbers. Three Harbour Porpoise plaued benneath the cliffs and were captured on camera by Dave Williams. Pictures can be seen here:-


Lapland Buntings

Autumn is certainly yere! My first ever August Lapland Buntings were on the Orme this morning, with four birds calling and giving reasonable flight views around the cemetery.Othe migrants included 5 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpeckler and a scattering of Willow Warblers and Chiff chaffs.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Summer Flowers

Henry Cook has been busy looking at wild flowers during the queit months of June, July and early August and he's build up a healthy list.
Here's a link to the flower page of northwalesbirding where he notes the species. Some nice photos too.
http://www.northwalesbirding.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4009

First fall of the Autumn


This morning had a good feel and we had the first fall of the autumn. A few birds must have been grounded after yesterday's torrential rain and thunder storms.
Passage birds included 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a superb Whinchat above the cemetery, a Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Tree Pipits, a Grasshopper warbler flushed from the limestone pavements, 30+ phyllosc warblers with many bright juvenle Willow Warblers amongst them. 20+ Wheatears were also on the limestone pavements. Usually associated with later autumn passage, a female Reed Bunting was a surprise alng the limestone wall. 2 Grey wagtails were the first of the autumn while Blackcap and Whitethroats were also present. Hirundines were on the move with 50+ Swallows through and a few House Martins.
Large flocks of Goldfinches are building up with an estimated 200+ birds around. Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Linnets and a single Bullfinch were also present. Autumn has started!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Manxy Madness!


After a few weeks away the Orme beckoned once again this morning. Things are slowly starting to happen with a single Tree pipit overhead and seven autumn plumaged Northern Wheatears dotted around the limetone pavements. Three Chiff-chaffs, two juvenile Whitethroats and 50+ Swallows were all evidence hat birds are on the move.
Off shore an impressive spectacle of 1000+ Manx Shearwaters and 100+ Gannets were in a feeding frenzy and after a short wait a hoped for Balearic Shearwater flew in.


Saturday, 7 August 2010

Spot Fly - first proper migrant


A brief walk around the Orme mid morning produced the first true passerine migrant of the autumn - a fine Spotted Flycatcher in the cemetery. 5+ Willow arblers were also present and a single Chiff Chaff.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

First visit of the autumn

Inspired by the Hippo Warbler on Hilbre yesterday, Tony Kearney and I set off up the headland for our first visit of the autumn this morning. A few Willow Warbler, a Chiff Chaff, Blackcap and 3 Whitethroats were present along with good numbers of Meadow Pipit, Goldfinches and Greenfinch. Offshore 100+ Sandwich Terns, a few Manxy and Gannets as well as teo Porpoise and a couple of Atlantic Grey Seals. The Orme is very underwatched during this months so It would be good to spend some time up there seeing what does pass through at this time of year.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Crossbills on the move!

A movement of Crossbills over Llandudno and the Great Orme today was noteworthy. 55 birds were noted over the lighthouse mid afternoon while perhaps the same flock was seen flying south over Ysgol John Bright. Another ten were over Craig y don a few hours earlier.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Eagle Owl and Tree Pipit

Singing Tree Pipit - Great Orme
After a quiet week a few bits and pieces on the Ormes today. Highlight was a singing Tree Pipit on the Great Orme, the third year on the trot that this species has bred on the headland.
The Great Horned Eagle Owl is still present on the Little Orme and is slowly working its way through the local Fulmar population! The sooner this bird is caught the better. Henry Cook watched it land on a helpless Fulmar today, kill it and eat it. The Fulmar didn't put up much of a fight and seemed stunned as the Owl approached it and landed on it.
Julian Wheldrake reported Manx Shearwaters off the Little Orme mid week as well as a bizarre incident where a Crow was chased off the cliffs by hundreds ofJackdaws as it caught and carried away a poor Jackdaw chick! Seems like the Little Owrme cliffs are the killing fields at the moment!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Happy Birthday Great Orme Country Park


This weekend saw the 30th Anniversary of the Great Orme becoming a Country Park. Lots of events took place including Nature walks, Historical walks, a disply tent and discounts at all the attractions. Birds seen during the weekdn included Razorbill, Guillemot, Chough, Peregrine, Wheatear, Stonechat and Skylarks - all of which entertained the public. The children of Llandudno had a mask making competition and above are somne of the wining enteries with Chough, Gannet, Peregrine, and Little Owl all represented. The middle picture is the birdthday cake - what a fantastic work of art and a shame to cut into (however, it tasted very good too!).

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Eagle Owl - Little Orme


Great excitement when a report of a Long eared Owl on the Little Orme came through earlier. However on closer inspection the bird in question was a fine Eagle Owl. Unfortunately it was immediately apparent that it wasn't a European bird but of the subspecies 'Subartica' which is found in Arctic Canada. The bird is much greyer than European birds. However, it was still an impressive sight and looked rather wild as it was mobbed by Jackdaws on the middle quarry cliff face of the Little Orme. Unfortunately it seemed to have already taken a liking to he blocal bird life and was sitting on a freshly dead bird with a white belly - Fulmar and male Peregrine came to mind!!

The bird has been traced to Bodafon farm Park and is a female called Danielle. It escaped when thieves broke in to try and steal a chick a pair had laid. Lets hope it's caught soon or we risk loosing a lot of the Little Ormes birdlife over the next few weeks.