Sunday 1st October
A Little Owl/Tylluan Fach called from the hill above
Ty Croes Mawr at dusk.
There was a report of four Mediterranean Shearwaters/Aderyn
Drycin Môr y Canoldir off Porth Meudwy, Aberdaron today.
Monday 2nd October
A Green Woodpecker/Cnocell Werdd was very vocal from
below the house this afternoon.
Tuesday 3rd October
Thomas Jones had a Barn Owl/Tylluan Wen scare the
living daylights out of him when it swooped low over his head at Ty Croes
Mawr this evening.
A single Snipe/Giach flew SW over Lôn Las, the first
for a while.
Wednesday 4th October
A fine Merlin/Cudyll Bach chased a flock of 30
Linnet/Nico by the sewage works above Bytilith this morning. Nearby a
Peregrine/Hebog Tramor was sat on an ivy covered rock overlooking Porth
Visible migrants included 14 Skylark/Ehedydd and 3
Grey Wagtail/Siglen Lwyd.
A small herd of five ponies have been introduced onto
Mynydd Penarfynydd in order to control the bracken and gorse and improve
the habitat for species such as the Chough/Brân Goesgôch and Dark Green
Saturday 8th October
There’s a report of a Black-throated Diver/Trochydd
Gyddfddu from Traeth Penllech today via the superb birding website
Monday 10th October
I’m out the back of the house at an hour past
midnight (don’t ask) and hear the distinctive “shreep” of a Redwing/Coch
Dan-aden overhead. These small thrushes are on their way back here from
their Scandinavian breeding grounds for the winter.
Tuesday 11th October
I get a message from Eddie Urbanski telling me that
he’s found a female/immature Common Rosefinch/Llinos Goch in Porth Meudwy.
The prospect of a rarity on the mainland (rather then Ynys Enlli – for a
change) finds me soon getting eye strain as I work my way down the valley.
Alas, no ‘grotfinch’ (as these rather dull finches
are known in the trade) just a few Chiffchaff/Siff-saff and Blackcaps/Penddu
Down on the beach at Aberdaron I come across a fine
Grey Plover/Cwtiad Llwyd and three Mediterranean Gulls/Gwylan Môr y
Canoldir; a fist-winter and two adults, one of which is sporting a
colour-ring. I reach for the telescope and make a note of the number.
Enquiries on the web show the bird to be of Polish
origin and I receive the following information.
Colour ring number: RED P97
metal ring number: Gdańsk FN 16022
Colour ring position: right tarsus metal ring
position: left tarsus
Ringing data – caught as a breeding adult on
20.05.2003 at SKOKI DUZE - GRAVEL PIT, WLOCLAWEK, POLAND.
Later seen on 25.05.2006 at AUTRICHEPOLDER,
WESTDORPE, TERNEUZEN, THE NETHERLANDS.
colour-rings, I saw a few colour-ringed Choughs/Brân
Goesgôch in the
village yesterday - part of a flock of 11 - including one bird from
Aberystwyth. There has been a huge flock in the Uwchmynydd/Aberdaron area
in recent weeks holding up to 80 birds!
Wednesday 18th October
Plenty of migrants were visible today including a
steady passage of Skylarks/Ehedydd, Meadow Pipits/Corhedydd y Waun and
various finches including two Lesser Redpoll/Llinos Bengoch, 1 Reed
Bunting/Bras y Cyrs, 10 Siskin/Pila Gwyrdd and 61 Goldfinch/Nico. Better
still were the two Lapland Bunting/Bras y Gogledd which flew calling over
Four Mistle Thrushes/Brych y Coed were the first for
a while. Starling/Drudwen flocks have appeared over the last few weeks
with 600 in the village today.
A group of 18 Chough/ Brân Goesgôch were seen over
Bytilith then on the field below Penarfynydd farm, including a number of
colour-ringed birds from Ynys Enlli, Aberdaron and Aberystwyth.
The Curlew/Gylfinhir flock on the pasture above Porth
Llawenan hosted 36 birds while a party of 6 Golden Plover/Cwtiad Aur
headed SE over Mynydd Penarfynydd.
Both Painted Lady/Iâr Fach Dramor and Red Admiral/Y
Fantell Goch butterflies were still about as were two late Swallow/Gwennol.
Later a Great Spotted Woodpecker/Cnocell Fraith Fwyaf
flew SE over the house.
Thursday 19th October
I spent a few hours this morning walking up
to the radio relay station on Mynydd Rhiw as the rain came pouring down.
Things started very well with a fine Ring Ouzel/Mwyalchen y Mynydd flying
over then dropping in the field above the house - a great garden tick!
A few Redwings/Coch
calling before dawn but I only counted 4 during my walk. Parties of
Chaffinch/Jbinc were struggling SE into the wind and rain and a Wheatear/Tinwen
y Garn lurked in the mist on the mountain (as well as a Skylark/Ehedydd
and a total of 40 Meadow Pipits/Corhedydd y Waun).
It really was precipitating down by now
and the amount of water in my boots was slowing my progress... optics were
misting badly, notebook soaked and I saw little else on the way home apart
from a couple of Stonechat/Clochdar y Cerrig.
Friday 20 October
Had brief views of a female/1st winter type
Black Redstart/Tingoch Du this afternoon by Bryn Hyfryd.
Things were fairly
quiet during my afternoon stroll, other notable birds being Lesser Redpoll/Llinos
Wagtail/Siglen Lwyd and the odd calling Redwing/Coch Dan-aden.
Tuesday 24th October
The plantation and game cover crops at Penarfynydd
farm hosted a good number of birds today including 161 Chaffinch/Jbinc,
five Lesser Redpoll/Llinos Bengoch, another Siskin/Pila Gwyrdd and a
Chiffchaff/Siff-saff. Small groups of Redwing/Coch Dan-aden headed SW.
Saturday 28th October
Llandudno birder Marc Hughes found a Lapland
Bunting/Bras y Gogledd at Llanengan today, with eight Mediterranean Gulls/Gwylan
Mor y Canoldir in the same area at the east end of Porth Neigwl.
Sunday 29th October
I visited several patches of game cover crops to the
east of the village. Highlights were two Brambling/Pinc y Mynydd, a Twite/Llinos
y Mynydd, Reed Bunting/Bras y Cyrs and 280+ Chaffinch/Jbinc. Most birds
were in a large Quinoa crop above Plas-yn-Rhiw.
The usual Green/Cnocell Werdd and Great Spotted
Woodpecker/Cnocell Fraith Fwyaf called nearby with a Peregrine/Hebog
Tramor overhead and Chiffchaff/Siff-saff in willow scrub by Bryn Foulk.
Five Mediterranean Gulls/Gwylan Mor y Canoldir were
again at Llanengan.
Monday 30th October
Marc again counted five Meds at Llanengan with
another two in the harbour at Abersoch. At least ten individual birds of
various ages have been noted over the last few days; there is now a
regular autumn influx of this once scarce species to the region.