Saturday, 16 December 2017

Water Pipits - Teifi estuary

An early morning look at the Boat Builders on the falling tide produced an un-ringed Water Pipit feeding with the Rock Pipits. Clearly we have more than the one (ringed) bird.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

2016 Ceredigion Bird Report

Congratulations to Russell and Arfon for an excellent production. 
An invaluable annual record of our county's birds and a worthy addition to a series going back to 1982-83.
Not only a guide to our regular breeding, wintering and passage birds and where and when they are best looked for, but a browse through shows what can be found if you are very lucky: (it helps if you are in the right place at the right time and put the effort in).
I urge all our readers to buy one.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BRENT GOOSE in ABERYSTWYTH HAROUR

   Given the light conditions this morning it was a wonder I could take a photo at all. Anyway, it was a new balcony tick.
    Soon after it took off and headed south, in the direction of the meadows at Tanybwlch.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

More Lapwings on the move

Another sign of the freezing conditions was a flock of Lapwings seen flying over Llwyndafydd by Helen Griffiths at around 10:00 this morning.
Helen tells me she has never seen them in the area before.

Llanon sightings, 11th December

Took a couple of American visitors to Llanon to see Redwing and Fieldfare (and indeed Blue Tit, Dunnock etc) yesterday morning, 11 December.

Great White Egret 1 - seen v briefly from car park flying south low over fields. Couldn't relocate so presumably flew on.
Fieldfare c60
Redwing c280
Song Thrush c120
Blackbird c70
Reed Bunting 2
Linnet, 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Lapwing 2
Golden Plover c350
Common Snipe 3 (flew in at16.00, landed and then off again south.
Meadow Pipit c60
Rock Pipit 1
Skylark 10
Red Kite 30
Common Buzzard 8

A dog-walking lady we met said two Hen Harriers had been seen in the football pitch area - no sign south of car park where we were and no sign later in the afternoon north of the chapel/football pitch. Not totally convinced - a number of Buzzards were flying low in a harrier-like manner! Suspect confusion but willing to be proved otherwise.


Ian Harrison

I hope Ian's American visitors enjoyed their experience of birding in Ceredigion and that the weather wasn't too unkind.
I have been snowed in all weekend but managed to get out this afternoon to visit Chris in hospital, He's improving all the time and is looking forward to going out birding again.


Llanrhystud

8 degrees warmer here than in Llangybi and ice free but far fewer birds than I was hoping for. Maybe we got there too late. A mixed flock near the car park, mostly Redwings and Golden Plovers but also Lapwings, Fieldfares, Starlings, Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrushes and a Reed Bunting. Not many waders of any note apart from 5 Snipe but 3 Little Egrets did fly past. Quite a few Kites and Buzzards about. Tomos and myself were rather pressed for time so probably overlooked stuff.

ABERYSTWYTH'S TURNSTONES

35 were gathered on College Rocks yesterday afternoon:

Monday, 11 December 2017

Late Little Stints

On Nov 29th we were watching a flock of Goldies in the fields beyond the caravan park and noticed 4 smaller waders clearly not Dunlin or Goldies. I have just remembered to check the hastily taken pics and realise they were 4 Little Stints. Rather a late date.

Here is one bird handily close to a starling for size comparison.

BLACK REDSTART at TANYBWLCH

  There were up to 8 Stonechats along the path behind the beach this morning. On the large, rather icy and snowy meadow were several Song Thrushes and Fieldfares 
   At the edge of the beach, near the large ditch, Jill and I noticed a female-type Black Redstart. It flew across the path and fed on the grassy slope before feeding by the ditch and then on the adjacent meadow.

 
        
 

Hard weather movement

A party of nine Lapwings just flew north over the village: the first I've ever seen here.