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after the little orme I decided to try my luck with the firecrest, but no joy. I was stood on the path just after the level crossing looking in the trees just behind the sewage works, other birds around...

2 chiffchaff, 1 singing
male & female blackcap
6+ goldcrest
2 treecreeper
1 nuthatch
2 buzzard
60+ dunlin
4 ringed plover
4 shelduck
1 little egret
redshank
curlew
few teal & wigeon.

a cracking day out in glorious weather smile

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Trip over to North Wales taking in Nant Y Coed, Llanfairfechan (North Wales & Anglesey thread) and Morfa Madryn

Wheatear 9
Linnet 2
Skylark 2
Sedge Warbler 2
Willow Warbler 4
Blackcap 10+
Little Egret 2
Shelduck 10
Oystercatcher 20+
Buzzard


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Sunday...called in for a while after Conwy.

No Yellow-browed Warbler for me.
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel
Goldcrest (heard only) in scrub between picnic area and 1st hide
Plus usuals...
Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blue Tit

A quick walk around the pools where the Grey Phalarope was some weeks back produced...
1 Little Egret
A small flock of Linnet
A few Redshank dotted around
Mallard and Teal in the channels

Tide was well out and so were most of the birds.



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Jonathan - thanks very much! I think it was you who tracked down the Firecrests at Conwy too, so that's two small passerines I owe you...

The trip to Morfa Madryn/Llanfairfechan was well worth it, lovely weather and a cracking place.

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Andrew Mitchell wrote:

Saturday visit from 1pm after a trip to RSPB Conwy. While there, and one of the other birders present mentioned that he had found a Yellow-Browed Warbler at Morfa Madryn - that was too tempting to resist, so cut short my visit to try for it.

Sure enough, having walked down from Llanfairfechan, I got onto the bird in the scrub behind the first hide. It was pretty mobile among the trees but allowed a couple of 3-4 second good views which secured the positive ID. A second lifer of the day for me.

Also at the site plenty of waders - Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin and Curlew - a few Little Egret and plenty of Mallard, Wigeon and Teal.

Arriving back at Llanfairfechan for high tide brought another lifer - Red Throated Diver, of which there were several. There were possibly some Great Northern Diver also, but too far out for tired eyes in fading light to ID. Also Red-Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe and a few Razorbill, and a single Grey Seal close in provided some good entertainment.





It was me you spoke to Andrew - glad you found it! Apparently there were two Firecrests around the car park there yesterday too. Lots of small passerines around, well worth a visit at the moment. We had four Slavonian grebes at Llanfairfechan, lots of Red-throated divers but no Great Northerns - though I had one there last week. The tide was at it's lowest point however, so not ideal for divers as they tend to drift out on the tide.

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Saturday visit from 1pm after a trip to RSPB Conwy. While there, and one of the other birders present mentioned that he had found a Yellow-Browed Warbler at Morfa Madryn - that was too tempting to resist, so cut short my visit to try for it.

Sure enough, having walked down from Llanfairfechan, I got onto the bird in the scrub behind the first hide. It was pretty mobile among the trees but allowed a couple of 3-4 second good views which secured the positive ID. A second lifer of the day for me.

Also at the site plenty of waders - Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin and Curlew - a few Little Egret and plenty of Mallard, Wigeon and Teal.

Arriving back at Llanfairfechan for high tide brought another lifer - Red Throated Diver, of which there were several. There were possibly some Great Northern Diver also, but too far out for tired eyes in fading light to ID. Also Red-Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe and a few Razorbill, and a single Grey Seal close in provided some good entertainment.

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Yep the signs relate to the presence of methane and other such flammable gases always present around sewage treatment plants, watch out when lighting up your cigar in celebration of the phalarope flame

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It think it must be Sid, I just noticed the signs and assumed it was some kind of electrical plant

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 7th of October 2014 07:24:46 PM

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Rob Creek wrote:

I say power plant...I mean the gates with the explosive warning on them.


I think that you must mean the sewage works Rob wink



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I say power plant...I mean the gates with the explosive warning on them.

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I managed to get at the side of the verge near the power plant gates maybe 100yds from the railway line.

Ironic you mention Curlew Sandpiper...I totally forgot in my post, at Morfa a birder told me he had a Curlew Sandpiper a bit earlier, then over at RSPB Conwy another birder told me he'd just taken a shot of a Curlew Sandpiper at the Carneddau hide. He showed me the photo but unfortunately it was a Ruff. I don't doubt there was one though as one was on the sightings board.

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And many thanks for your help the other day Doc-B, well worth the journey
Cheers Rob

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 5th of October 2014 06:59:58 PM





No problems, Rob, really chuffed that you got the Grey Phal, and had a great day all round (read all your N.Wales posts in other threads too biggrin ).

The parking at the sewage works end of the small lane is tight, 3-4 spaces as John rightly says, not so bad in the week but it is still used by dogwalkers as well as birders. Llanfairfechen prom car park IS the best bet for a guaranteed space and the walk can add lots of birds to the daylist smile As I wrote before a couple of small cars could get on the verge at the top of the lane but this is by no meansd ideal, just a thought if you are on a really tight time scale (work lunch hour etc!!

Over the weekend the pager had a Curlew Sand reported in the same vicinity too smile

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Hi John,
Yeah I know it's a good spot for them on that particular part of the coast, they often come in at Conwy a few minutes down the road where I also visited today but none present whilst I was there.
It was the circumstances in which the birds were reported to me, infront of Hide 3, not in the best of condition (the birds not the hide), then the 2 birders who I asked if they'd seen the R-b Mergansers and they're reply was they'd had none today but there were a few Goosanders infront of the 3rd Hide so it just all seemed to fit in this instance.
Sent you PM

And many thanks for your help the other day Doc-B, well worth the journey
Cheers Rob

-- Edited by Rob Creek on Sunday 5th of October 2014 06:59:58 PM

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Anyone going for the Phalarope please note that there are only 3 car parking spaces at the site,and its probably better to park at Llanferfechan prom and walk the half a mile or so to the reserve.

Rob
Red breasted Mergansers are quite regular on the pools in those reserves in that area, and probably more common than Goosanders there.

cheers John

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Grey Phalarope (Lifer) showing to within feet of me and still here now.

Flies off to the other creek for a while then comes back and picks off virtually every insect that flows out of the pipe. A fantastic little bird and a bit special considering the Red-necked Phalarope was also a Lifer the other week, 2 different Phalaropes in a short space of time.

1- Grey Plover (juv) in it's Golden Plover lookalike plumage (another Lifer) maybe a couple of 100yds away on the mud flats.

Other birds:
Oystercatcher -(vast)
Redshank -(vast)
Dunlin - uncountable
Lapwing - few hundred
Curlew - large number
Greenshank - 2
Ringed Plover - not sure of numbers but knocking around here and there
Shelduck
Wigeon
Teal
Mallard
Little Egret - lost count over 60, more appeared, everywhere
Linnet - flocks everywhere of 50+ birds
Meadow Pipit - 50 to 100
Wheatear - approx 7
Skylark - 2 in full song above the dunes
Carrion Crow - lots about
Jay - 1
Merlin -1 came flying over from the hides over the mud flats and put everything up in the air.
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 3
3 Red-breasted Merganser reported over by Hide 3, I had it on good authority though that they were Goosander. Went to confirm it for myself and as suspected they were Goosander

Gulls - literally 1000's, probably vast majority were Black-headed and Herring, although there were a few Great Black-backed's in there too, at one area round the coast, it was a sea of white there was that many.

Met some nice birders this morning and thanks to the guy that told me to look out for the Grey Plover and Greenshank, and to the 2 birders that confirmed the Grey Plover when I eventually located it, but there was one woman who was quite rude to people including me, after I'd put her onto the Phalarope aswell when it flew off!




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Grey Phalarope showing down to 3 feet this afternoon ,and quite a lot of the time there was just me there,The Phalarope flew off a few times ,once disturbed by a dog ,but returned to the outflow pipe within 30 minites each time. When I left at 5pm it had just flown towards the near distant shore behind some reeds :) beltin afternoon .

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Decided on a pop to Morfa Madryn yesterday after hearing that the long-staying Grey Phalarope there was showing well. The closest parking spot at the end of the road next to the sewage works was full but there is room on the verge at the top of that lane for a couple of small cars on the verge. Otherwise it's a walk from Llanfairfechan Prom which is no hardship with birds along the way.

The bird was present as I arrived straight out from the path over the railway line at where the stream emerges from where it is culverted through a pipe. Showing down to literally a metre for one photographer laid on the grass, I had to move backwards to get a decent distance for digiscoping!! The bird favoured feeding at the mouth of the culvert pipe, even heading into the pipe frequently picking off lots of flies and feeding well. It had occasional sorties away from the pipe and walked about on the gravel in the shallows, allowing much better pictures than when it was dizzily spinning around feeding. At one point the bird flew over to another creek but later returned to it's favoured feeding point.

Most forum members will have seen a Grey Phalarope before but if you haven't or even if you want to go and see one at mega close quarters and get pictures, this bird is perfect to go and take a look at. For those that have walking difficulties, the walk from the nearest parking point must be about 100m at the most, but over gently, undulating ground.

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Of interest over the high tide today, besides usual waders, etc. were three Curlew Sandpipers, a passing Black Tern and my first Pintail of the autumn.

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21-03-09
100 redshank
1 greenshank
2 little egret
lapwings
skylark
meadow pipit
gold finch
1 chiff chaff
1 song thrush
1 greenfinch
2 chaffinch
6 shellduck
curlew

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