North Wales: Leica Red Kites

This year, for the first time an all Welsh Team will be entering the Champions Of The Flyaway (COTF), an international bird race where teams across the planet are united by one common factor, to halt the mass slaughter of birds on migration. The “Leica Red Kites” consist of Alan Davis, Afron Williams, Robin Sandham and Marc Huges who will be setting off in just under three weeks time. To show your support donate by clicking on the following link – Leica Red Kites JustGiving.

Before heading up to RSPB Conwy to attend the talk they were giving, mum and I took a detour up to Talacre, Flintshire for the over-wintering flock of Greater White-fronted Goose (ssp. flavirostris ) which numbered nine (five adults, four 1st winters), along with nine Pink-footed Goose.

Greenland Greater White-fronted Goose @ Flintshire_edited-1
‘Greenland’ Greater White-fronted Goose (A.a. flavirostris)

Once at RSPB Conwy and had met up with a few family faces, it was off round the reserve which in the end resulted in 78sp recorded by all observers, a site record for March. Highlights from the reserve included an adult drake Greater Scaup on the deep lagoon with a ‘redhead’ Goosander resting on the banks, along with an adult drake Common Goldeneye. Elsewhere a Great crested Grebe, Goosander and 2cy Glaucous Gull where on the estuary, with a single 2cy male Common Firecrest showing well round the reed bed in the willows.

Common Firecrest @ Conwy 2_edited-1
2cy male Common Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)
Greater Scaup @ Conwy mkii
adult drake Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Goosander @ Conwy mkii
‘redhead’ Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Little Egret @ Conwy_edited-1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
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Rock Pipit (ssp. littoralis) transitioning into breeding plumage by Henry Cook (@HCBirding)
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