Friday, 31 December 2010

Rare Filled Gwent!

What a year its been with Megas such as Iberian Chiff and not forgeting that june day at Bleanavon.Who would have guessed Britain's 5th (I Think)Marmora`s Warbler turning up here in wonderful Gwent.
The Gwent year list ended on 191 i gave it a good go and tried to connect with everything that graced gwent this year but still missed a few.Another highlight for me was Gwents 2nd Lesserlegs on the evening of the 28th of September leaving early next morning with only a few Gwent birders connecting.
So all in all a great year for Gwent on the rarity front and a good year county listing.
Other highlights throughout the year were a few day trips to various parts, and a few days twitching as well, with the highlights being Bufflehead,Black Kite,Oriental Pratincole,Great Reed Warbler,bobolink,Solitary Sandpiper,Green Heron and American Bittern. 

Best Of The Rest

Monday, 27 December 2010

No more Swans

A walk around a rapidly thawing Lr this morning produced no Bewicks Swans and no half expected Smew.Birds of note were 8 Mandarin 1 Med Gull 1 Goldeneye and a nice looking Bhgull.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Ice Age

River Usk At Caerleon

River Usk near Usk

Eight Waxwings opposite the Greyhound pub Usk

Monday, 20 December 2010

Whats going on.

Cant upload any more photos at the moment due to a message coming up saying I've used my 1GB quota.please buy some more(yeah right).did have this problem a month or so ago but cant remember what i did.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Aderyn Y Bwn

  Had a walk around Uskmouth this afternoon,not much about but the bird highlights were 1 Bittern seen by a couple we bumped into.3 Water Rail 3 Cettis heard and the starling roost held a nice big flock.The most vocal,loudest weirdest sounding Water Rail you've ever heard opposite the visitors centre.We could still hear it outside the gates on the main road.Almost run over a Little Owl that was sat on the road on the way home..

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Garden Waxwings

Three waxwings flew over my head as i was finishing my cup of coffee on the back door this morning.Scoured Caerleon for an hour or so after but couldn't relocate them.On the way to Wentwood Reservoir i slowed down in Langstone by the old Hurrans Garden Centre and low and behold another two were raiding someones back garden.They're everywhere.Apart from that nothing else to report.Oh,Dartford Warbler reported this morning at Boat Lane.

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Things You Do To Try And Get A Year Tick.

Two crazy men went armed with a million candles to search out 10 Whooper Swans at Ponthir Reservoir this evening.Just double figure Goosander and Mallard to show for our efforts.