Rhiw Natural History




Andrew Clarke


November 2006

Wednesday 1st November

Marc Hughes recorded a party of five Greenland White-fronted Geese/Gŵydd Dalen-wen and seven Whooper Swans/Alarch y Gogledd come in off the sea at Uwchmynydd this morning amongst a range of migrants and I was somewhat gutted when he informed me that he had seen them heading towards Rhiw. The geese were later seen in a field east of Aberdaron.


Thursday 2nd November

I was well pleased to see and hear the party of five Greenland Whitefronts/Gŵydd Dalen-wen fly west over the house at dusk. Its years since I have seen this species in Gwynedd (over Ynys Enlli).

Moments later a cracking Barn Owl/Tylluan Wen appeared and caught something in the field at the back of the house.


Friday 3rd November

Visiting birder Andrew Spottiswood has been turning up some good birds on the north coast of the peninsula (see his blog at http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/planetspottiswood/) finding a Kingfisher/Glas y Dorlan at Aber Geirch, a Richardís Pipit/Corhedydd Richard near Porth Ychain, a Lapland Bunting/Bras y Gogledd near Cwmister and two Merlin/Cudyll Bach.


Saturday 4th November

Andrew found a party of three Whooper Swans/Alarch y Gogledd over Porth Ychain today as well as an Adder/Neidr by Porth Oer and a Clouded Yellow/I‚r Fach Felen at Porth Orion.

Back in Rhiw a Woodcock/Cyffylog was over Graig Fawr at dusk.


Sunday 5th November

Porth Meudwy hosted Chiffchaff/Siff-saff, Blackcap/Telor Penddu, Brambling/Jbinc y Mynydd and Water Rail/Rhegen y Dŵr.


Thursday 9th November

I flushed a Woodcock/Cyffylog in the bracken and rocks by Ty Isaf near Creigiau Gwineu at dusk.


Saturday 11th November

Three adult Mediterranean Gulls/Gwylan Mor y Canoldir were in Abersoch Harbour today.


Monday 20th November

Eddie Urbanski reports a fine male Hen Harrier/Bod Tinwen over the road at Penrhos, Pwllheli. A flock of 48 Fieldfares/Socan Eira were over Rhoshirwaun this afternoon.


Wednesday 22nd November

Some large flocks of Starling/Drudwen have been heading east over the house before dusk over the last few weeks, counting them has not been a priority but today the sky was full of them. I estimated 4500 birds in just 10 minutes and Iím sure there were a lot more overlooked. Presumably they are heading off to roost somewhere towards Abersoch or Pwllheli?


Sunday 26th November

The local Barn Owl/Tylluan Wen has been giving fantastic views hunting over the rough pasture behind the house over the last few days. Iíve also seen Woodcock/ Cyffylog drifting over in the gloom, no doubt also off to their nocturnal feeding grounds.


Tuesday 28th November

A flock of 35 Fieldfare/Socan Eira drifted over Coed-y-Fron, Mynytho this afternoon.



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