Birds of Pensarn 2002 - 2011
Mochras Lagoon is situated at Latitude 52.50N Longitude 04.06W and is in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) called Pen Llyn a'r Sarnau. Basking sharks have been seen off the coast, as well as a large number of dolphins around Sarn Badrig. A Leather Backed Turtle was seen by several members just off Llandanwg beach in July 2008. As well as the birds listed below, a pair of Ospreys have nested successfully for several years, and raised 2 or 3 young each year, only 10 miles away at Llanfrothan.Colin Mackie
A blustery bright day on Llandanwg beach mid Sept 2011, immediately following Hurricane Katya which diverted at us when it should have hit New York. A smart looking gull was seen a bit like a kittiwake. A small gull, very fine looking, quite a flyer, with sharp long wings. Pronounced white patch on its upper wings, and the tail had a black lined triangle cut out at the stern. Blacker than a kittiwake, which Ive only seen off-shore.
It was identified from on-line reference material as a Sabines gull, a graceful small bird which can sometimes be seen here in the autumn. This was a juvenile which had probably been caught up in the hurricane and got a swift lift across the Atlantic on its way from North America, where it breeds, via Europe to its wintering grounds in Southern Africa.
It flew around apparently a little bewildered, but hopefully fed in the lagoon before starting off again down south. Graham Tottle
Ive noted quite a range of birds over the past three years. Many are striking, but notably the Peregrine falcon, the fastest bird on earth, which dives on its prey at 110 mph. All I experienced was a sudden sound as of a small jet engine, or of fine cloth being violently ripped. A quick shadow, and the predator was gone. Its prey, a swift, happily got away. Graham Tottle
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Sabine Gull
Sabine Gull
Red-necked Phalarope
PhalaropeAn exciting observation in summer 2007, the Red-necked Phalarope is a rare visitor. With its slightly webbed feet, the bird is a bouyant swimmer. It constantly bobs its head as it swims, stirring up water insects which it picks off the surface. Seen swimming and diving just off Llandanwg beach. Size 7"
Dunlin
Dunlin
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Velvet Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Crow
Crow
Heron
Heron
Common Gull
Common Gull
Shag
Shag
Shelduck   
Shelduck
White Fronted Goose   
White Fronted Goose
Oyster Catcher
Oyster Catcher
Turnstone
Turnstone
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Curlew
Curlew
Sparrowhawk   
Sparrowhawk
Swallow
Swallow
Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon
Sanderling
Sanderling
Kittiwake
Kittiwake
Swift
Swift
Stone Chat   
Stone Chat
Mallard   
Mallard
Wigeon
Wigeon
Starling   
Starling
Red Kite
Red Kite
Black-backed Gull
Black-backed Gull
Sandpiper
Sandpiper
Wheatear   
Wheatear
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Cormorant
Cormorant
Skylark   
Skylark
House Martin
House Martin
Sandwich Tern   
Sandwich Tern
Bartailed Godwit
Bartailed Godwit
Osprey
Osprey
Redshank
Osprey

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