Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Gannets off Borth beach

Nice to see about 100 gannets just off Borth Beach, up near the Golf Clubhouse, this morning.  Some flying and diving, most sitting and digesting.  (thanks Kim)

Dave Purdon

Whimbrel at Ynyslas

A flock of 10 birds flying north yesterday evening.

Roger Matthews

Cwm Brefi Sunday 20th May

Had a walk along Cwm Brefi on Sunday and thought I share my sightings.

Highlight was good views of three separate Cuckoos, including one that was being attended to by a Meadow Pipit. Didn’t look like a juvenile Cuckoo but the Pipit was constantly flying at it and each time the Cuckoo opened its beak as if expecting food.

Also saw Kestrel, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Dipper with 2 young, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard, Red Kite, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler and Grey Heron.

And to finish off, there’s a Red-legged Partridge at home  in Llanfair Clydogau which is still there today.

Dave Denney

HOBBY

Spotted a Hobby near Joppa yesterday evening.
John Woodruff

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

It's a long way to Aberaeron

My wife Mara and myself managed today to fulfill a challenge we had set ourselves to walk from Lampeter to the sea. On the way there were some good birds in locations I would never normally visit. Wood Warblers were at Lodge Wood Lampeter, and Silian. A Kingfisher was dashing up and down the Aeron at Talsarn. A Goshawk was in the Aeron valley in a stretch I've only ever walked once before, many years ago.

NIGHTJARS

Following on from Mike's post on Friday, there were at least two nightjars churring at northern end of Cors Fochno - one in the area Mike mentioned and one close to the main road (same location as previous years).  Male and female birds seen close to the main pond, not far beyond the little car park.  On Sunday evening I checked the eastern side of the bog, walking along the newly gravelled coast path from Taliesin.  At the end of the main block of willow carr, there was at least one bird churring intermittently from birch/bog myrtle/heather area at the edge of the bog.  Also the pig-like call.  Good numbers of cuckoo generally - at least two in the northern part of the bog and two, potentially three on the eastern edge.  Up to 10 swifts in Taliesin.  Several garden warbler singing near the village as well. 
Chris Forster Brown

Eiders at Borth

Neil Fallows, a visitor, tells me that there were approximately 15 Eider (10 males and five females) off Upper Borth last Saturday 19th.



Monday, 21 May 2018

Sightings from Chris Bird

Yesterday at Llyn Eiddwen there were two Cuckoos and a flock of around 60 Linnets in a nearby field. Six Swifts flew over.
Another six Swifts went over Aberystwyth today.

Llanrhystud

I did the same walk this morning that Paul did yesterday and found a similar mix of waders:  20 Ringed Plovers, 10 Dunlin, three Sanderling and two Whimbrel.
Up to 10 Sand Martins feeding around the cliffs and nothing at sea except for three Gannets.

Cross Inn Forest/ Bethania

Followed up a visit on the 17th to the forest with an explore this morning south of the B4577. When I first used to come here a decade ago it was very open with up to 20 Sedge Warblers and maybe a couple of Grasshoppers about. This year for the first time I found neither as things rapidly evolve into scrubby woodland. Far fewer Whitethroats too. Last year I counted 27 across the whole site but only 14 this May. Still, exceptionally good for Chiffchaffs/Willow Warblers/Blackcaps/Garden Warblers which were present in large numbers. Last week there seemed to be 3 Cuckoos about. What may be a fourth was present today between Hafod and the bottling plant. Also last week a singing Willow Tit was at the T junction (563651). Today, two more widely separated individuals. A calling bird at (551639) and a preening/singing male at (569629). The latter bird was in an area where I've seen them a few times and where we saw one on a field trip a couple of years ago.