Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wheatears galore

On the field near Llanddeiniol which Chris Bird has been watching recently, he counted an incredible 114 Wheatears today, the majority of them Greenland birds.

Aberystwyth seawatch

2 north bound Arctic Skuas (pale phase adult and dark phase juvenile) were the highlight of an otherwise uneventful 2 hour seawatch from Castle Point this morning.

Edward O'Connor
On this afternoon's walk on Foel Fawr I saw two Cuckoos whizzing around/chasing each other, I guess they were courting.  Yesterday at Ynyslas I didn't enjoy the cutting wind, but I did very much enjoy the birds.  At first I was concentrating on Gannets and Manxies way out, miles from the shore.  But as I was squinting through my scope at them I started to notice birds much closer, mostly Manxies.  And as I changed my area of concentration I found an Arctic Skua drifting past, very close to shore.
A lesson there I think - something to do with missing things right under your nose!

Red-legged Partridges at Ynyslas

I was very surprised when I flushed two Red-legged Partridges near the Information Centre at Ynyslas around lunchtime today. They flew a short distance, in different directions, before dropping back into the grass-covered dunes.

High tide at Ynyslas again

The small waders were very flighty this morning and difficult to count, but Russell and I agreed that numbers were probably up on yesterday, with a higher proportion of Ringed Plovers.
Joining them were four Grey Plovers, six Knot, a Sanderling and, for a brief visit, a Little Tern.
A raft of seven Eider were in the estuary.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

More Whimbrel

Nine Whimbrel at Aberaeron this morning.

Andy James


It was warm and sunny when I  arrived at Ynyslas Point this morning, though the temperature dropped rapidly when the north wind picked up.
A flock of ca2800 small waders remained happily undisturbed.  Russell soon arrived and counted the Ringed Plovers, 410, leaving ca2400 Dunlin, plus four Grey and one Golden Plover, two Sanderling and a Turnstone.
Bird of the day was an immature male Eider which drifted into the estuary and continued upriver.
Back at the posts on the falling tide there were 18 Whimbrel in the saltmarsh at the Leri mouth.
A short visit to Glandwr didn't produce anything new, just about 10 Wheatears and on the bank  of the Leri between the railway and the road were three Common Sandpipers and another Whimbrel.

Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sightings from Chris Bird

44 White Wagtails in the field at Llanddeiniol today, and a pair of Stock Doves.
At Ynyslas were 16 Whimbrel and a ringtail Hen Harrier.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ruffing it on Tregaron Bog

Good selection of passage waders on Tregaron Bog today including 2 Ruff (females), 5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers and 1 Dunlin. After my visit to the Bog I met up with Paul Bennett at Llanrhystud and we had a good couple of hours and came up with some pretty respectable totals including (approx.) 15 whimbrel, 5 curlew, 5 bar-wit, 20 oystercatcher, 2 redshank, 20 turnstone, 25 ringed plover and 25 dunlin. Also had about 20 (mainly Greenland) wheatears and 15 white wags.

Hooded Crow at Aberaeron

A great start at Aberaeron North Beach with Whitethroat, Sedge and Grasshopper Warbler, two Wheatears and two Common Sandpipers.
Then the bird of the day, a Hooded Crow on a fence post just past the rugby club.
At Cross Inn Forest, a very active Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Gropper and several displaying Tree Pipits.
Common Sandpiper and Sedge Warbler at Llansantffraed this afternoon, plus six Wheatears and Swallows and Sand Martins in double figures.

Andy James

Probably the same hoody that Chris had at Llanddeiniol last Monday.