Monday, 5 December 2016

Velvet Scoters at Aberystwyth

Two flying north were the highlight of this morning's seawatch.  Also passing were nine Common Scoter, a Teal, two Red-throated Divers, two Great Crested Grebes and 27 Gannets.  A feeding party of ca 25 Kittiwakes remained throughout.
Six Purple Sandpipers on the wall when I left before high tide (eight on Saturday).
Still huge numbers of gulls around Ynyslas, though today most of them were well up the Dyfi estuary. with many more pouring in off the sea.
At the turn car park, an addition to the usual species was a Shoveler which landed on the sea, stayed for about ten minutes then flew off south.

Late reminder: Owen Williams woodcock expert

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales - WTSWW
On Monday 5th December Owen Williams from The Woodcock Network will be giving a talk for the North Ceredigion local group at 7pm in the Hugh Owen Building, Aberystwyth University. All welcome!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Ynyshir this afternoon

Bitterly cold east wind, not a lot about but had a couple of peregrine and a ringtail harrier from the hide on the rocky knoll.A noticably varied upper plumage on the harrier as it was below us, almost like a seowl. Also 2 snow geese heading rapidly westwards with that easterly tail wind for assistance. Quite an ordeal to be out there for long.
Roy Bamford


25 species this morning included Bullfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch, Red Kite, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Andy James

Saturday, 3 December 2016


It was almost Wigeonless early this morning so I turned my attention to the sea-ward side to watch the huge numbers of gulls, predominantly Herring Gulls along the shore near the point and at the sea-ward end of the north shore and offshore at feeding frenzies.
2 Gannets were present and later 53 came powering in from the south, almost all together. 55 in December is pretty good.
I then joined Russell back at the Leri side. A few more Wigeon but not the one we hoped for so I went off to the Clettwr for good views of a Dipper and a Water Pipit and a glimpse of a Jack Snipe which I managed not to stand on.

Edward's gull

Looks like a 1st W Yellow-legged to me. Pure white head with a touch of a Med Gull type mask and a bill. Good 'shawl' at he base of the neck extending over the 'shoulders'. Importantly, pretty solid, dark tertials except for pale tips (herring's would be notched)and also what looks like a black tail (band). Nice record.

Black Redstart

A very showy immature male black redstart was at the Llanrhystud caravan park this afternoon. You can tell its a young male because its got white edges to the new tertials.

Tregaron Bog

Excellent morning's birding at the southern end of the Bog where there were 7 whooper swans(5 & 2), 5 little egrets feeding in the ditches, 1 jack snipe, male and ringtail hen harrier, 1 water pipit and single female pintail and gadwall with the m
allard and teal.

Friday, 2 December 2016


On a flat calm sea this morning were 156 Wigeon, 14 Teal, two Red-breasted Mergansers and three Red-throated Divers.
48 Curlews were near the caravan site at Llanrhystud, along with four Golden Plover.
As I was about to get in the car to leave the beach car park at Llanrhystud a Redshank flew in and landed just a few yards away.

Ynyslas turn

Just back from an hour sea-watching at the Turn Car Park.
Still thousands of gulls in several tightly packed feeding groups and lots of other stuff as well - From where I stood I counted 17 Red-throated Diver and 24 Great-crested Grebe.  I also saw at least 2 Gannets, a Common Scoter, several auks, Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser.  The light wasn'the quite as good as it has been recently and it was still bloomin' cold, but it was a very enjoyable/worthwhile trip.
Bob Relph