November, 2011


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  • Bird news and e-news

    Male pintailOur Wigeon and Teal numbers are increasing day by day now. Five Pintails dropped in for two minutes on the 26th before flying up the river. Red-breasted Mergansers are displaying on the deep-water lagoon. A Peregrine has been seen almost daily on the reserve and a Sparrowhawk has also been seen circling over the wildlife garden.

    At least 3 Water Rails have been calling in the reeds with the occasional sighting from the Coffee shop and Tal-y-fan hide. A mini influx bumped our usual pair of Moorhens, to a flock of 11 on the 27th. Passage waders are taking advantage of the reserve. A Knot was seen on the 29th with 6 Dunlin. Greenshanks peaked at 3 on the 28th. Black-tailed Godwits have been showing very well from the Tal-y-fan hide with 7 the highest count on Nov 1st. 12 Common Snipe was the highest count for a while on the same date.

    A Kingfisher was seen on November 2nd. Small numbers of Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails can be heard migrating high overhead in the mornings. A male Blackcap was seen on Oct 27th and a female on Nov 2nd. A Chiffchaff on Nov 3rd completes our Warbler numbers. A Crossbill flew south over the car park on Oct 26th. A Lesser Redpoll lingered around the wildlife garden on the 27th and 28th. Linnets peaked at 7 on the estuary track on the 28th. One of the birds of week was a Yellowhammer that flew over the reserve towards Glan Conwy on November 1st, now a rare bird locally.

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  • November 4th-9th Sightings

    3 Whooper Swans dropped in on the 6th. Our first Shelducks have starting arriving back from their wintering grounds along with a Pochard, Tufted Duck and a pair of Goldeneye 8th. Our highest Wigeon count was 195 on the 7th. Goosanders have been seen on and off on the estuary, with a pair together on the 9th looking towards Glan Conwy.

    A pair of Sparrowhawks were seen on the 9th circling over the wildlife garden again.

    Water Rails have been sighted daily now from the coffee shop and the Benarth hide.

    Waders are still passing by. Up to 6 Black-tailed Godwits have been seen through the week. They were joined by 5 Dunlin on the 4th. 8 Ringed Plovers were on the estuary on the 7th. Our first Greenshank for a week turned up with the Redshank on the estuary 8th. A Golden Plover was with the flock of 102 Lapwing on the 9th. A Golden Plover is very scarce bird on the reserve. Plenty of Common Snipe can be seen on the reed edges and on the islands.

    Redwings are still moving south over the reserve. Our only warbler sighting was of a female Blackcap on the 9th. A lone Lesser Redpoll flew over the estuary on the 4th.

  • Sightings November 10th-16th


    Our first Greylag Goose for a while arrived on the 12th to keep our two Canada Geese company. Shelduck started arriving back from their breeding grounds this week with at least 10 on the estuary, occasionally popping onto the reserve. A pair of Gadwall arrived on the 14th with a Tufted Duck and Pochard. A pair of Goldeneye and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers have also been on the deeper lagoon.

    A pair of Sparrowhawks have been around the reserve again with the occasional sighting of a Peregrine.

    At least 3 Water Rails have been calling from the reed beds. 4 Dunlin were roosting on the islands on the 10th. A lone Ringed Plover was feeding on the estuary on the 14th. The highest count of Black-tailed Godwits was 7 on the same date.

    Smaller birds have been difficult to find this week. A lone Grey Wagtail arrived on the 12th. A Chiffchaff was seen on the 10th and 12th. One Goldcrest was around the Ganol trail on the 15th. Our highest counts of Meadow Pipit were 22 and Linnets 7.

    A good count of 229 Carrion Crows on the mudflats was interesting, on the 15th.

    There have also been a few sightings of Stoat and a Fox this week.