Saturday, 18 November 2017

The UK is currently experience a massive influx of Hawfinches from the continent. This is a very rare bird in Ceredigion but given the sheer numbers turning up elsewhere I've been convinced there must be the odd one tucked away in the county somewhere. So having found out about a row of Hornbeam trees (fav Hawfinch food) at Wenallt I headed up there today. The trees are easy to find (SN679713) and can be accessed by public right of way. I spent about 15 mins scanning the trees through bins with no luck so got a bit closer and walked slowly alongside them peering into the branches looking for movement. About halfway along the row a single, calling Hawfinch shot out of the canopy, flew across the river and landed in a tree top. Its probably worth having a look for this bird as its obviously found itself a food source and will probably hang around for a while. There may even be others present.

Purple Sandpipers

The roost on the seawall now up to six purps, but I had no enthusiasm to look for anything else on a wet, gloomy and thoroughly miserable Aberystwyth morning.

Llyn Eiddwen, 17th November

A pleasant afternoon with good numbers of fieldfare and redwing 100+ and three mistle thrushes.  Also scaup 1 goosander 1 mallard little grebe goldeneye 1 red kite buzzard  peregrine stonechat 1 and sparrowhawk.

Alan Hill

Friday, 17 November 2017

Aberystwyth prom and Tanybwlch

No sign of Purple Sandpipers on the wall at high tide this morning, nor by the wooden jetty.  I later found five on the south side of the stone breakwater, along with a Ringed Plover and a Kingfisher.
Very quiet  at Tanybwlch; a Grey Wagtail on the river and 28 Oystercatchers and 13 Curlews on the fields.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Starlings over Penrhiwllan

3500 plus starlings raced over us at Penrhiwllan late this afternoon (1620) heading  Northeast from Henllan towards Horeb. I would think on their way to the Talgarreg  roost.

Ian Burgess

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

RSPB Ynys-hir

Highlight of the day was an immature male pochard from the Ynys Feurig hide (an increasingly scarce duck in the county). Also 6 whooper swans (2 ad 4 juvs) touched down there briefly before heading off directly west again. At least ten water rails were heard on a walk around the reserve with a kestrel, peregrine and ringtail hen harrier good to see too.

Monday, 13 November 2017

November field trip reminder

The November field trip, a walk in the Strata Florida area, will be
this Sunday. Full details are on the field trip section of the blog. I
hope to see many of you there.

Elaine Izett

Mandarin duck

A Mandarin duck was with some Mallard at Tan Y Bwlch today.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Black Redstart - Mwnt

Black Redstart at the entrance to Blaenwaun Caravan Park late afternoon - flew from the road in front of my car and up onto the roof of the house.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Greenland White-fronted Goose at Llanon

A female Blackcap in the garden was a nice surprise this morning. A walk after lunch produced a much bigger surprise when I saw a lone Greenland White-fronted Goose in a stubble field to the south of Llanon (the third field from the car park). I also enjoyed nice views of a Peregrine and a Raven further south at Black Rocks and, as I arrived home, I had a brief view of a Sparrowhawk in hot pursuit of a small bird before they disappeared over a nearby rooftop. A very pleasant couple of hours of bird watching.