Tuesday, 26 September 2017


At 7:15 this evening 6 herons flew over Capel Seion heading west in the direction of Aberystwyth. At first saw just the one, not unusual, but 6, don’t think we’ve ever seen that before.

Sue and Terry Reeves

Monday, 25 September 2017


A cracking little Firecrest in the scrub around the Llanrhystud lime kilns this morning. Not the best of photos but considerably better than last year's attempt!

Borth and Ynyslas

No sign of any Spoonbills around the Dyfi estuary this morning, though the King Eider was still present near the mouth of the Dyfi and a ringtail Hen Harrier was chased up the Leri past the boatyard by a couple of Carrion Crows.
Just a couple of Red-throated Divers at Borth, plus seven Wigeon on the sea.  Two Sandwich Terns and a few Swallows still passing.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Teifi Spoonbills

There were five Spoonbills in the Teifi Est this morning (found by Jon Green). The 'flock' flew off at 10.00. Worth keeping an eye out for them in the Dyfi.

Chiffchaffs at Llanddewi Brefi

Chiffchaffs sing in wood behind cottage most years until mid October .17.00 tonight (Sat) a small party of chiffs  passed through our Damson and Elder shrubs feeding on the few elderberries left by the robins. There appear to be few records of chiffchaffs eating berries.

David Price.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Today's field trip

This morning eight of us enjoyed a walk along the coast from the beach car park at Llanrhystud to beyond the lime kilns and back.
Aline lead the walk and impressed me even before we started by pointing out the bat droppings on my car roof.
Nothing unusual seen, but plenty of Mediterranean Gulls of all ages, lots of Linnets and good numbers of Pied/White Wagtails and Rock Pipits and still a few Wheatears around. Red picked out a Bar-tailed Godwit from a flock of Curlews and Aline had a brief view of a Kingfisher.

Complete bird list.
House Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Pied/White Wagtail, Oystercatcher, Sandwich Tern, Carrion Crow, Rock Pipit, Cormorant, Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Red Kite, Robin, Long-tailed Tit (heard), Curlew, Kingfisher, Skylark, Turnstone, Redshank, Buzzard, Stonechat, Grey Heron, Golden Plover (probable).


This morning, as I was filling the bird feeders in my garden I was surprised to hear a Chiffchaff singing strongly quite close by.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Ynys-hir high tide

It was good to see over 200 barnacle geese from the saltings hide today, many more than I can remember last year.  A merlin was hunting along the edge of the salt marsh and a peregrine joined in later, quite a few teal and wigeon, it feels like autumn. 4 black tailed godwits also from the Ynys feurig hide.

Tom Doidge

king eider

The female king eider was at Ynyslas again this morning, a new species for me on a WeBS count. From the pill box there were 825 oystercatcher, 24 bar-tailed godwit, a few whimbrel, 23 knot and a greenshank.
At the point the dog walkers must have got there first as it was very quiet with only a few dunlin and ringed plover.,

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1.   Laurie Wright
Laurie, will you please let me know your email address, so I can pass it on to someone who would like to use one of your photographs.

2.  Alwyn J Roberts
Alwyn, please let me have your email address so I can give you an answer to the query that you sent to John Davis.

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