Friday, 20 January 2012

Black Redstart brightens up dull day.

A female type Black Redstart was found by John 'Woodsman' near the Grand Hotel and toll house earlier in the week and had been seen a few times in the area over the last few days. I popped down at lunchtime and had a brief view of it on hotel roofs near the small roundabout here. With a flash of 'red', it promptly disappeared behind the hotels somewhere. Three Whooper Swans were seen flying past the Orme last Monday by Nigel Pearce. Picture above by John.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

'littoralis' Rock Pipit gets 2012 off to a good start.

An afternoon on the Orme produced a nice 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit feeding on the ciner path between the cemetery and the 5 barred gate. Although the picture is poor, the overall grey and white colouring can be seen. Other birds here included 2 Chough and a large female Peregrine that was chasing (but not catching) Lapwings. Offshore were 5 Red throated Divers and a few Kittiwake. Four showy Snow Buntings are on the West Shore too. Pete Alderson had a showy Jack Snipe in the field with the electricity sub station in it on Bodafonb Fields, Llandudno today.