Friday, 24 March 2017

Along the coast

A strong passage of Meadow Pipits along the coast at Llanrhystud this morning, into a cold north-easterly.  In the fields, quite a few alba wagtails were all pied and a single Red-throated Diver was on the sea.
At Llanon, two Great Crested Grebes, one winter, one summer plumage.
Back to Aberystwyth where it was warmer and more sheltered.  The odd Lesser Black-back moving north offshore, as were a total of 26 Common Scoter. Two Curlews passed by close inshore and on the sea were a male Goosander and three Red-throated Divers, one of which was in summer plumage.

Teifi -- Pintail

Four Pintail on the main river this morning. Three males and one female were best viewed from the Railings at 730am but likely to move on the falling tide.
(sev obs...in fact 5 observers for this early morning Teifi twitch...many thanks Howard and Siwan)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Water Rail, etc.

Gareth and I were very pleased to at last see the elusive Water Rail in Plascrug ditch yesterday. We watched it for several minutes before it did a sprint along the top of the bank, through the hedge.

This morning there was one Sandwich Tern resting on the rocks at Castle Point.

Helen Herbert

Llanrhystud

702 Golden Plover, 30+ Linnets and 2 Wheatears were present around Llanrhystud late this morning.

Edward O'Connor

There were also three Wheatears at Tanybwlch this morning (2m,1f).

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sandwich Tern at Llansantffraed

There was a Sandwich Tern among the many seagulls on the beach at Llansantffraed, Llanon this afternoon.

Spring has sprung

Taking advantage of a dry day, we went to Mwnt this morning hoping for wheatear. Sure enough we soon found two smart males. These were nearly overshadowed by a swallow accompanying two sand martins along the cliff edge.
In need of some refreshment we went to the Teifi marsh visitor centre, and a short walk around there ensured we were bombarded by chiff-chaff song from every direction.
Yes, from my birding perspective Spring has certainly sprung.

Gannets

A calm, dry start at Aberystwyth.  Five Gannets went north, as did three Common Scoter.
Then Helen came along and on the rocks at Castle point we found eight Turnstones, four Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Couldn't resist a few shots of the Herring Gull.

Woodpecker walk


Thanks to all who attended the walk yesterday morning,We started in the car park and could hear Great spots drumming and calling around us. We then walked along the edge of the woodland and it didn't take us long to pick up the sound of a Lesser Spot drumming, We quickly tracked it down to a dead limb and stood for 15 minutes watching it happily drum away in the same spot. Made the early start worth it for all who attended.

Tom Kistruck

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ups and downs of birding

Before leaving to go out birding yesterday afternoon I noticed that my scope had no lens attached. A quick drive back to Llanrhystud revealed that it had spent the night on the beach and had been inundated with rainwater. I would not recommend Hawke spotting scopes, they fall apart and spares aren't available!

A quick stop off at a lay-by south of Blaenplwyf was somewhat of a consolation. 9 Chough, a female Merlin, a cracking Fox encounter and a bit of breeding activity from some Newts.

Also looking for a new scope around the £600-£800 mark. If anybody has any info, please contact me!

Edward O'Connor

Monday, 20 March 2017

First Sand Martins

Two Sand Martins over Maes Llyn late this afternoon. The Wigeon are gone and a lone Tufted Duck ruled the lake. The Great Tits, Chaffinches and Goldfinches at the bird feeders had a lucky escape as a Sparrowhawk misjudged distance and had a bit of a rough encounter with the tree. Happy World Sparrow Day!