Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Water Pipit - Teifi estuary

A Water Pipit was seen late this afternoon feeding at the usual spot below the outflow at the start of the railings on the Gwbert Rd.
(Simon Murray)

February Cors Caron WeBS count

A very enjoyable day doing the monthly count at Cors Caron - finally no need for waders!
Highlights were a dipper on the Fflur not far from the small hide, a green sandpiper in front of the big hide, two early curlew at Pont Einon (they don't normally turn up until the March count), the Great White and four little egrets, and herons carrying nesting material at Maesllyn. A further sign of Spring was several skylarks singing overhead.

Monday, 19 February 2018

A Night of Welsh Choughs

A date for your diary - the next meeting of the North Ceredigion Section of the SWWWildlife Trust is an evening talk by the well  known ornithologist - 
 Tony Cross  

The Choughs of Wales

7-00pm ,  Monday - 5th March ,
 Lecture Room -  C22, Hugh Owen Building, 
Aberystwyth University 

Open to Non-members, all welcome. 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Field trips

Details of the March and April walks are now on the Field Trips section of the blog.

Ynyslas again

The high tide once again drew me to Ynyslas where the 11 pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding on the tideline near the tern posts. Nearby were 16 Sanderling and a single Grey Plover.
A Great Crested Grebe off Borth was in full breeding plumage.

Llyn Fanod and Llyn Eiddwen

An uneventful visit to his local lakes for Chris yesterday, with six (one male) Goosanders and 54 Lapwings at Llyn Fanod and two Goldeneye on Llyn Eiddwen.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Today's field trip: Rheidol gravel pits

The lay-by in the Rheidol Valley was filled to capacity as no fewer than 15 of us turned up for today's walk round the gravel pits, led by Red Liford.
On a spring-like morning Red demonstrated his keen ear for songs and calls and we eventually amassed a total of 40 species (Moira got 41, so I must have missed one).
Not a lot of wildfowl on the waters, highlights being three each of Coot and Goosander and two Little Grebes. We also enjoyed close views of a Treecreeper working its way up a trunk in typical fashion.
Some of the party were also lucky enough to see a couple of Woodcock, which flew across the river.

Total list, roughly in order of appearance:-
Robin, Woodpigeon, Mistle Thrush, Red Kite, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Starling, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Magpie, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Coot, Moorhen, House Sparrow, Goldcrest, Mallard, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Coal Tit, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Goosander, Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Jackdaw, Canada Goose, Woodcock, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Today at Ynys-hir

Another fantastic day at Ynys-hir. Between getting out of the car and walking into the visitor centre I had excellent views of a lesser-spotted woodpecker drumming in the car park and a goshawk soaring overhead! On the reserve the water pipit is still around at Ynys-Edwin and a Cetti’s warbler was heard near Ynys-Feurig.

Dave Anning


There weren't many birds around at high tide at Ynyslas this morning,but it was good to get out without being soaked, frozen or blown over.
Four Grey Plover showed well, and a Merlin was on a fence post on Ynys Tachwedd fields.
Earlier there were five Purple Sandpipers in the Aberystwyth roost (nine yesterday, when also 25 Turnstones near the point).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Drive by Glauc

On my way to Aber yesterday morning to attend yet another Brexit 'what does it all mean' meeting I passed a field of slurry munching gulls just to the north of Llanrhystud by the turning to Llandeiniol. The gull nearest the road was a very large, pale 1st W Glaucous Gull. Might be worth checking the Llanrhystud gulls over the next few days!