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Post Info TOPIC: Point of Ayr, Talacre


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RE: Point of Ayr, Talacre


10.30-12.30 today at low tide:

Peregrine Falcon, 4 Grey Plover, 14 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 15 Curlew, Reed Bunting, 18 Skylark, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Linnet. 

Numerous Shelduck and  Oystercatcher.



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Saltmarsh:

2 Stonechats, 3 Little Egrets, 6 Skylarks and 2 Kestrels,

Mudflats (Low tide throughout):

10 Curlew plus numerous Redshank, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Shelduck.

Offshore:

2 Great Crested Grebes, including one that was following a Harbour Porpoise around.

10 Wigeon plus a single Grey Seal.



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12.30-14.30 Higlights following a successful search for the Black Throated Thrush in St Asaph:

Merlin, Kestrel, 7 Little Egret, 4 Stonechat, 100's of Linnet, Redshank and Curlew, Kingfisher,  30 Skylark. 



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10.00-14.00

Followed the receding tide out.

Little Terns were difficult to count, as they'd fed in the small streams that cross the beach and empty with tide, as birds constantly passed through, then moved off towards Gronant.

Most of these birds were juveniles, whereas most of the adults seemed to be roosting with Sandwich Terns, or fishing just offshore.

The big Sandwich Tern gathering is a marvel, birds were landing on the beach carrying large sandeels then displaying and pair bonding.

A search for skuas offshore was fruitless, although an "Argenteus" sized gull flew just offshore that showed no black wing tips at all, but was pure creamy white and ghostly.

Had it not been July I'd have claimed a 3rd winter "Iceland". 4 Common Terns were with the Sandwich Terns on the beach. Lots of adult Common Gulls about.

Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Sanderlings were numerous. 14 Shelducks were just offshore, whilst a dozen Curlew were on the mudflats towards Mostyn.

10 Little Egrets were dotted around the saltmarsh and mudflats. 16 Redshanks were in the gulley below the RSPB hide, but lots more flushed off the saltmarsh, but Idid'nt see what upset them.

8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, 4 Pied Wagtails and a Greenfinch were near the hide.



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Low tide Mon pm:

2 Little Egret
Yellowhammer
4 Linnet
Garden Warbler
7 Dunlin
7 Ringed Plover
Female Wheatear
Curlew
2 Great Black Backed Gull
Many Oystercatcher

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stayed at my granddads caravan this weekend with my dad and family, thought e would have a walk to talacre beach;


loads of birds on the flats tide was miles out though:

1 grey plover
50+ curlew
3 little egrets
500+ shelduck
loads of redshank, dunlin and a first wimbrel for me!
2 stonechat

2 mile down from talacre(preststyn)

300+ oystercatcher putting on a marvellous performance
1 bar tailed godwit
6 sanderling
1000s of gulls
20 curlew
lots of cormorant
1 kestrel

looking forward to going again soon really like this place as it is a change for me to birding at pennington flash to seeing lots of newer birdsbiggrin

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8.30 - 9.45 lovely warm sunny morning.

Curlew c100
Oystcatcher c200
Shelduck c200
Herring Gull c40
Lesser Black Backed Gull 18
Grey Heron
Little Egret 3
Skylark 3
Meadow Pipit 6


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Ian McKerchar wrote:

The Grey Plover is perhaps more likely a first summer bird Steven wink






Thanks for that Ian, I only had a rspb pocket guide on me at the time so it never shown identification off a 1st summer.
Note to self take Collins guide out wink

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The Grey Plover is perhaps more likely a first summer bird Steven wink

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a morning trip here with phil Kelly produced..

100+ curlews
1 whimbrel
3 bar tailed godwits
16 ringed plover
1 dunlin
1 grey plover, which had us stumped for a while because it was in winter plumage but still even paler confuse it was only when it took a short flight that we seen its black armpits.
5 little egrets
7 sandwich terns
hundreds of oystercatchers
several shelducks
skylarks, linnets & meadow pipits
1 sedge warbler
1 stonechat
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1 Linnet
1 Water Rail
2 + Merlin
Numerous Oystercatcher
Redshank
1 + Little Egret
2 Peregrine.
Short Eared Owl
Reed Bunting
20 Grey Plover
18 Sanderling
Numerous Shelduck
Teal
Approx 50 Dunlin
100 + Curlew
2 Rook

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RE: Point of Ayr, Wales


Originally posted by John Williams today:

10.00-14.00

Offshore :- 1 female Red Brested Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe and several Cormorants.

Plenty of Common and Herring Gulls on the beach, plus 3 Great Black Backed Gulls, 5 Sanderlings and lots of Oystercatchers.

A flock of 17 Greenfinches on the upper beach feeding amongst the shingle was a surprise find.

Saltmarsh

Two small flocks of Chaffinches moving around and a group of 5 Meadow Pipits, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Kestrel.

The high tide roost was building up in front of the new screen/hide just before I left and consisted of 2 Grey Plovers, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, masses of Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin and Shelduck etc.

I would have liked to have stayed for high tide but despite being wrapped like an eskimo the biting North Westerly beat me.

The sea was quite rough and it's first time I've been here and not seen a Grey Seals head bobbing in the waves, no sign of any geese either.

The new screen is fine and like the old hide offers good views but you really do need to wear thermals.

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Can I ask a daft sea watching related question - when you're at Point of Ayr what sort of range is typical for the birds flying out to sea e.g. shearwaters and/or the species on the water e.g. I guess scoter? I know it'll vary but I'd like to have a proper go at a sea watch and don't know how far out to concentrate on! Cheers, Peter

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Henry, there was no sign of the builders when I was over there a couple weeks ago.

-- Edited by sid ashton on Thursday 3rd of September 2009 07:26:09 PM

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Some good reports from here today including 2 Long-tailed Skuas. Shame the hide was destroyed a while back although NW wind would still rush through the gap where windows would be in a WWT hide! Did you happen to call in on the hide Ian, i've not heard if they are rebuilding it.
Thanks. Henry.

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Point of Ayr, Talacre


Spent 45 mins here this a.m. then gave up due to driving rain, howling wind and constant sand blasting!, definately the wrong day to visit. Still did manage to spot; 7 Manx Shearwater( a British ticksmile.gif), many Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Little Tern, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 100+ Ringed Plover, similar of Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 5 Common Scoter and 6 Wheatear.
Cheers Ian

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 6th of December 2012 12:24:39 AM

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