Saturday, 17 March 2018

Aberystwyth prom

During a short visit this morning I only found two Purple Sandpipers in the roost.  A Razorbill flew north and a Red-throated Diver was on the sea quite close in.
Then the biting easterly drove me away.

Urban nesting birds: a request

I've had a request from BBC Wales asking for any film of birds nesting in unusual spots in urban areas in Ceredigion, e.g. locations in gardens or houses..
This is for an English language wildlife television series featuring Iolo Williams so if anyone finds and films anything which may be suitable will you please let me know and I will pass on the details.
Who knows, you may find yourself on television with Iolo.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Borth - Ynyslas

No spring migrants in evidence today, but there were 54 Teal on the sea off Borth and at Ynyslas a male Shoveler with 264 Wigeon and 170 Golden Plover near the tern posts.

Chris Bird

Wheatear at Mwnt

Always nice to see the first Wheatear of the spring. One around the church at Mwnt this afternoon.
19 species were seen in an hour there including 2 Kestrels and Ravens.
A Red-throated Diver was close in under the cliffs but otherwise the sea was empty.
Stonechats have been scarce over the winter but today there were very vocal males everywhere. At least 7 around the Foel.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Garganey - Teifi Marsh

A report and video from a visitor to the Teifi Marsh of a Garganey at Mallard pond yesterday (Tuesday).
As far as I know it wasn't seen today but I will be having a look around the ponds in the morning.

Tanybwlch yesterday.

A grand day and the resident Chough showing off to our delight-great to meet Bob and delighted the Chough stayed for him.Also Rock Pip  , 4 Stonechats and a Redshank . Alas no Wheatear: where did you hide it John? On way home 200+ Redwings in Cwmystwyth fields .

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

A trip down south

John and I had an outing to the Teifi marshes and estuary today, but first a walk along Tanybwlch bay where our first Wheatear duly obliged.
I photographed this Sika deer at the start of our tour of the hides at the Teifi marshes, and two and a half hours later on our way back it was still standing in exactly the same spot.  This is not unusual, we were told.
Bird highlights were three Black-tailed Godwits on the riverbank and a male Goldeneye, plus the always welcome Kingfisher (Kingfisher hide).
On the estuary: a Med Gull in summer plumage, 25 Lapwings and 56 Wigeon from the slipway at St Dogmaels, then from the north bank the pick of the waders were four Grey Plover, six Ringed Plover and 28 Dunlin.

Ynys-hir today

A crisp spring day has brought a spate of good sightings. Highlight has to be the first sand martins of the year, two late on over the Marian Mawr pools. Other good, but more predictable sightings include two hen harriers, great egret and 24 Greenland white-fronted geese.
 Lesser-spotted woodpeckers were not seen today, which is strange as they have been calling regularly over the past week in the vicinity of the Ynys-hir hide. The Saltings hide is particularly good at the moment with great views of displaying lapwings and redshanks.

Dave Anning


The Heronry now very active and two Marsh Tits on the feeder by the visitor centre.  Also Robin, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Carion Crow, Goldcrest, Jackdaw, Great Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Goldfiinch, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Red Kite, Coal Tit, Starling, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant , Dipper and Redwing.

Andy James
I got this snap with my little pocket camera at Tan y Bwlch today.  I thought it was quite bold of the little critter to allow me to get to within about 10 meters of it.
As can be seen, he/she was ringed - the orange ring has 5H on it.
The real purpose of my visit though was to look for my first wheatear. 
No luck, more pebble pounding required...