Quick Update On The Black Tailed Godwit And Some Local Birds 7 July 2020

Colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit Cemlyn, Anglesey, 6th July 2020.

If you read yesterday’s blog, see below, while we were enjoying the amazing birds at Cemlyn, on Anglesey we watched four Black-tailed Godwits one of which had a multitude of colour rings on its legs. Thanks to our friends Steve and Robin we have been able to learn more about this individual bird. A quick summary of its known history..

First ringed in Portugal on 9th January 2019 at Porto Alto, Evoa by Afonso Rocha.

It was then seen at RSPB Middleton Lakes, Middleton, England on 20th April, 2020 seen and reported by Mark Smiles. That is just over one thousand miles from the ringing site to RSPB Middleton.

Just seven days later it was at Balephuil, Loch a Phuill on the Isle of Tiree off the West Coast of Scotland 27th April 2020 seen and reported by John Bowler.

It was first seen at Cemlyn, Anglesey on 2nd July 2020 by Steve Culley and then again yesterday 6th July by us.

Hopefully there will be more sightings of this amazing wader.

Adult breeding plumaged Mediterranean Gulls are stunning birds.

A real dismal damp grey day here in North Wales today so no birding, well never really no birding, we are so lucky to have our amazing view across Llandudno. Being in all day there is always the chance of seeing something from the window and today was pretty good. Early morning a few flocks of Black-headed Gulls were flying west over the town, taking a short cut across the town instead of flying around the Great Orme. Each flock was checked for any hanger on amongst the Black-headed Gulls. Third flock that pasted and the tactic paid off a beautiful adult summer Mediterranean Gull was moving west with its cousins and close enough to see the jet black head let alone those stunning white wings. Four Little Egrets also flew west over the town today, two singles and two together unusual to see more than one on any day. Six Eurasian Curlew flew west high over the town too so autumn is certainly here and we can look forward to lots more birds passing over as the season plays out.

A Peregrine Falcon tore through the sky skimming over the roof tops in pursuit of a feral pigeon and great to see at least one Common Swift still zooming about over the town.

News from Marc today a female Velvet Scoter off Rhos-on-Sea just to the east of Llandudno and a great record for July.

Oh and don’t forget Hen Harrier Day Wales on 18th July streamed live on Facebook and free for everyone to join in! Please get involved and make some noise for our wildlife. End the illegal killing of our “protected” birds.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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