Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Red-legged Partridges

This afternoon, Chris Bird found two Red-legged Partridges in a field by Llyn Syfydrin.  See posts by Phil Dennis and Mike Hayward on 4th and 5th Oct.
Yesterday a flock of ca30 Redwings flew over Chris's house.

Llanrhystud to Llanon

Single Wheatears were at Llanrhystud and Llanon this morning, with large numbers of Pipits along the coast, mostly Meadow, some Rock.  Just the odd Mediterranean Gull around, and on the sea a total of ten Red-throated Divers, plus another two and five Common Scoter passing.
Waders were concentrated at Llansantffraed, as they often are.  Along the bay were 15 Ringed Plovers, seven Turnstones and a Dunlin.  
I could see Andre Morgan at the northern end of the bay, so he probably managed better counts than my 18 Curlews and 35 Golden Plover. 
On the way home I tried Cross Inn Forest.  No sign of a shrike yet, in fact hardly a bird to be seen, though a distant Goshawk made the walk worthwhile.


Nocturnal Redwings

Small flock of Redwings heard moving north over Aberaeron on Sunday night at around 10pm.

Andy James

Apologies to  Andy for the late posting of this item.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Aberystwyth waders

Chris tells me that 18 Turnstones were feeding on swarms of sandhoppers which had been driven off the rocks in the harbour by spray whipped up by the storm force wind this afternoon.
There was also a ringed Redshank, though he was unable to read the number.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Scaup

There was a female Scaup on Llyn Eiddwen this afternoon, and five Mistle Thrushes near the house.

Chris Bird

Yesterday's field trip

On Saturday 14th October 9 blog birdwatchers gathered at Llanerchaeron before travelling down to Aberaeron in order to birdwatch our way back. It was very quiet there and we saw only a group of carrion crows pursuing two red kites and a lone pied wagtail as we left.
It was busier at the harbour and we saw rock pipit, meadow pipit, cormorant, jackdaws, a distant gannet, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, mallard, feral pigeons, rooks. On the northern side there were numbers of 5 gull species: herring, lesser black-backed, great black-backed, black-headed and Mediterranean. Also oystercatchers.
 No one could be bothered to count them but the Meds showed so well that those of the group who had not come across them before were able to familiarise themselves with the distinguishing features. Further up river we encountered dippers, house sparrows, magpie, more grey wagtail, wren, robin, blue tit, goldfinch, great tit, long tail tit, blackbird and chaffinch.
We started to walk back along the cycle track. It was a very pleasant walk but unusually short of birdlife. We had expected to come across more of the thrushes but saw only more robins grey wagtail, mallard, crows wren, long-tailed tit with the only two new species being jay and coal tit. Thanks to Andrew James for leading us
. Photos from Laurie Wright
Dipper

Grey Wagtail

Mediterranean Gulls
Moira Convery

Redwings

Small groups of Redwing with occasional Jay round Llanddewi Brefi this morning.

David Price

Willow Tit near Llyn Fanod

One was calling this morning about 1km ENE of the lake at a location named Bryn Bedd on 1:25000 map. Grid ref 614647

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Posting pics side-by-side

You mean like this?  When composing your post, go to HTML view. Copy in the following HTML code for a one-by-two table:

!<table><tbody><tr>
!<td>your pic here</td>
!<td>your pic here</td>
!</tr></tbody></table>


Remove the exclamation marks (which I put in to stop Blogger thinking that the HTML was HTML!), then go to the normal Compose view and replace the words 'your pic here' with your picture using the usual 'insert image' feature. Well, you did ask!

posting pics

Kev I think if you hover the cursor under the pic after adding it to the post you can see a cross like symbol, click on that to choose size and how its centred.