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