Rose-Coloured Starling

Rose-Coloured Starling

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

An interesting Eider and a moment of magic!

It's been a relatively quiet few weeks with a lack of birds to see in the area. Finally caught up with two Purple Sandpipers at Rhos Point and one Twite mixed in with a flock of 30+ Linnets in Llandudno.

With the high winds during the weekend, a few Little Gulls were spotted, with a 2-3 birds at Criccieth and one reported on the Menai Straits in Bangor.

Along with that another very interesting bird turned up just off the sea at Rhos. A possible 'borealis' Northern Eider. Pictures are available here on the North Wales Birding forum, as you can see the bird has a rather strong colour to its bill but unfortuantely there was no sign of any sails towards the back of the bird. An interesting bird nevertheless.

A quick stop off at Bangor harbour produced a little moment of magic yesterday as I caught up with a superb adult Mediterranean Gull. The gull seemed agitated in flight for some unknown reason but came close enough into the harbour to give some lovely views. I still here the bird is still present today.

This is an image of a Med Gull taken last year as I was caught without my camera yesterday!

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