"Birds in a Day" for North Wales, late May, 2010, Glenn Morris. Go to Glenn's Home Page

 

This is a list of birds I saw in North Wales in a period of 13.5hours (including travel) on May 25th, 2010, with no attempt to add "easy" night birds, such as nightjar, woodcock and tawny owl. A little more persistence could easily have produced 100+ spp instead of 96.

In general, only the first sighting of the day is listed. It is preceded by a list of the main birdwatching sites. Click on the highlighted species to see photos taken with a lightweight Panasonic DMC-FZ18 camera with up to 23x optical zoom (mostly identification quality only).

  • ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN ON THE DAY.
  • CQR = Connah's Quay Reserve on the Dee Estuary 

    Pantymwyn = my local patch

    Llanarmon Fishery = small ponds on the Mold-Ruthin road

    Llandegla Forest = Forestry plantation with adjoining moorland and an RSPB hide.

    River Alyn at Mold = stream with adjacent boggy areas

    RSPB Valley = large reed-fringed lakes on Anglesey

    South Stack = RSPB cliffs on Anglesey with nesting and passage seabirds

    Cemlyn Bay = a North Wales Wildlife Trust site for breeding terns on Anglesey

     

    1. Mute Swan (2 at CQR and RSPB Valley)

    2. Greylag Goose (20 in flight over Llandegla)

    3. Canada Goose (35 at CQR, pairs at Llanarmon and Valley)

    4. Shelduck(200+ at CQR)

    5. Gadwall (3 at CQR)

    6. Mallard(350+ at CQR)

    7. Pochard(1 female with young at RSPB Valley, + males)

    8. Tufted Duck (4 pairs at Llanarmon Fishery)

    9. Red-breasted Merganser (1 female at Cemlyn Bay)

    10. Ruddy Duck(Several at RSPB Valley)

    11. Black Grouse(1 male at Llandegla Forest)

    12. Pheasant (1 male at CQR)

    13. Little Grebe (1 at CQR)

    14. Great Crested Grebe (several pairs at RSPB Valley)

    15. Fulmar (Numerous at South Stack)

    16. Cormorant (5 at CQR, several at RSPB Valley)

    17. Gannet (6 at South Stack)

    18. Little Egret (3 at CQR)

    19. Grey Heron (1 at Pantymwyn)

    20. Sparrowhawk (1 in flight at Llandegla Forest)

    21. Buzzard (1 at CQR)

    22. Kestrel (1 female at CQR)

    23. Peregrine (1 at CQR )

    24. Moorhen (2 at CQR )

    25. Coot (10+, and young at CQR)

    26. Oystercatcher (2 pairs at CQR)

    27. Lapwing (2+ pairs displaying near road to Llandegla Forest)

    28. Curlew (1 at CQR)

    29. Redshank(1 at Cemlyn Bay)

    30. Dunlin (6 at Cemlyn Bay)

    31. Blacktailed Godwit (80 at CQR)

    32. Mediterranean Gull (1 at Cemlyn Bay)

    33. Blackheaded Gull (20+ at CQR)

    34. Lesser Blackbacked Gull (Several at CQR and South Stack)

    35. Herring Gull (1 at CQR, many at South Stack)

    36. Great Blackbacked Gull(several at RSPB Valley and South Stack)

    37. Kittiwake  (100s at South Stack)

    38. Sandwich Tern (800 at Cemlyn Bay)

    39. Common Tern (20+ at Cemlyn Bay)

    40. Arctic Tern (10+ at Cemlyn Bay)

    41. Guillemot (1000s at South Stack)

    42. Razorbill (1000s at South Stack)

    43. Puffin (1 at nesthole on South Stack)

    44. Feral Pigeon (2 at CQR)

    45. Wood Pigeon (common at Pantymwyn and CQR)                        

    46. Collared Dove(2 at Pantymwyn)

    47. Cuckoo (1 at Llandegla, mobbed by pipits )

    48. Swift (3 at Mold)

    49. Skylark (2+ at CQR)

    50. Sand Martin (many at RSPB Valley)

    51. Barn Swallow (1 at CQR, nesting pair at Llanarmon Fishery)

    52. House Martin (1 at CQR, several at Llanarmon Fishery)

    53. Meadow Pipit (Several at Llandegla Forest moors and South Stack)

    54. Rock Pipit (Several at South Stack)

    55. Grey Wagtail (3 at Mold)

    56. Pied Wagtail (nesting pair at Llanarmon Fishery)

    57. Wren (2 at CQR)

    58. Dunnock (pair at Pantymwyn)

    59. Robin (1 at Pantymwyn, CQR and RSPB Valley)

    60. Redstart (male at Llanarmon Fishery)

    61. Stonechat (pair at South Stack)

    62. Blackbird (1+ at Pantymwyn)

    63. Song Thrush (singing male at Llanarmon Fishery)

    64. Mistle Thrush (several in Llandegla Forest)

    65. Sedge Warbler (pair at Mold)

    66. Reed Warbler (Common at RSPB Valley)

    67. Blackcap (1 at Pantymwyn)

    68. Garden Warbler (1 at Pantymwyn)

    69. Lesser Whitethroat (1 at Pantymwyn)

    70. Whitethroat (2 at CQR, many at RSPB Valley)

    71. Chiffchaff (1 at Pantymwyn)

    72. Willow Warbler(1 at Pantymwyn, many at RSPB Valley)

    73. Goldcrest (many at Llandegla Forest)

    74. Spotted Flycatcher(1 at Llandegla Forest)

    75. Blue Tit (1 at Mold)

    76. Great Tit (several at Llandegla Forest)

    77. Coal Tit (several at Llandegla Forest)

    78. Nuthatch (1 at Pantymwyn)

    79. Treecreeper (1 at Pantymwyn)

    80. Jay (1 at Llandegla Forest)

    81. Magpie (several at Pantymwyn and CQR)

    82. Redbilled Chough (1 at South Stack)

    83. Jackdaw (Several at Pantymwyn and CQR)

    84. Rook (1 at Pantymwyn)

    85. Carrion Crow (15 at CQR)

    86. Starling (1 at Pantymwyn)

    87. House Sparrow (several at Pantymwyn)

    88. Chaffinch (1 at Pantymwyn)

    89. Greenfich (1 at Pantymwyn)

    90. Goldfinch (2 at CQR)

    91. Siskin (several at Llandegla Forest)

    92. Linnet (2 at South Stack)

    93. Lesser Redpoll (several at Llandegla Forest )

    94. Bullfinch (several at Llandegla Forest )

    95. Common Crossbill (several at Llandegla Forest)

    96. Reed Bunting(pair at RSPB Valley)