Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sightings from Andy James

A good day's year listing.  Female Black Redstart on the Old College and five Purple Sandpipers on the prom wall.
Glandwr pools added five Black-tailed Godwits, Skylark and a Cetti's Warbler called a few times.
Ynys-hir then produced Shoveler, Greylag Goose, two male Goldeneye, Treecreeper and heard Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Finally, a male Marsh Harrier from the Cletwr.

Andy James

Wigeon counting

I am glad to say that despite the somewhat tricky nature of Wigeon counting I came to the exactly same number as Harry at Maes Llyn in the late afternoon - 215. No Teal though, but 9 Tufted Ducks, 3 Moorhens, 6 Canada Geese and a single Mallard. The Fieldfares were also still there and I estimated 60, but could not pick out any Redwings amongst them. Also a large flock of Fieldfares around the waiting room a bit later but they might have been the same birds. On the railway line a Song Thrush in full song and a Little Grebe in front of the waiting room.

Great Grey Shrike at Cross Inn Forest

The bird was on the right, about 150 yards before the T junction. Got the scope on it, then as I was getting my camera out it disappeared.  One more very brief view later, but it was elusive.
Otherwise, hardly a bird to be seen except for a roving flock of at least 30 Reed Buntings.

I had started off at Cors Caron.  At Pont Einon were 21 Lapwings, 12 Teal and a Little Egret.
Maesllyn held lots of wildfowl including 215 Wigeon, 15 Teal and seven Tufted Ducks. Fieldfares on the ground on the far side of the lake were partially hidden: they later flew up into nearby trees where I counted 58, with seven Redwings.
In the distance a male Hen Harrier high in the sky was being mobbed by a couple of corvids.




SNOW BUNTINGS

Saw two Snow Buntings by Borth beach yesterday afternoon - about 200m north of the golf club car park.

Liz Probert

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Llyn Eiddwen

This afternoon, three female Goldeneye, four male Goosander, 17 Snipe along one section of the shore and a female Merlin.

Chris Bird

January Cors Caron WeBS count

An enjoyable walk up the river - we delayed the count until today to allow river levels to drop. On the reserve (so unfortunately mostly not visible from public access points) 250 lapwing on the floodplain, over 50 snipe altogether which is the most I've counted for several years, also one jack snipe, a brief glimpse of a kingfisher, 120 wigeon on Maesllyn and 100 elsewhere, 4 moorhens there too. Three goosander on the river too. Not much on the floodplain south of the reserve, some Canadas and herons feeding on the fields by the river, along with three little egrets - I've not seen them feeding on grassland before.
I don't have all the figures from the Northern count section yet but there were nine whoopers there.

Greenland White-front interview

Arfon's BBC piece on the Greenland White-fronts can be watched at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38637217. Good interview, although I'm sure he's not really watching them from the visitor centre carpark as the editing implies!


Llanrhystud Beach

This afternoon at Llanrhystud there was a Great Crested Grebe feeding offshore. Also present among the large number of Black-headed Gulls on the coastal fields were a few Mediterranean Gulls and Common Gulls.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Borth

Early afternoon at Borth. Tide high, little swell and sea smooth. Nothing to see thro the bins but I got out the scope to have a look at a bit of driftwood and began picking out mid and distant scoter. I reckon at least 130+ from the golf club, twos and threes and small rafts of up to a dozen widely scattered. No grebes or divers which was a bit disappointing. Couple of brief glimpses of distant SE Owl on the left, opp the plant nursey on the flats. Three turnstone on one of the new breakwaters at Borth, I guess they may be regulars now the rocks are vegetating, next purple sands?
   
 Roy Bamford

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers

Two Lesser spots at Ynys-hir today, one drumming behind the workshops and another came in and had a bit of a scrap with it. Looks like the mild weather has got them going early!

Tom Kistruck