Friday, 21 October 2016


At first light this morning there were 3 Whooper Swans on Bwlchcryws Pond at the edge of Trisant.

Cross Inn Forest and the coast

A beautiful mild, sunny and calm morning found me in Cross Inn Forest, where I eventually came across a couple of suspicious looking characters in the form of Tony Cross and Mark Cutts.  They were ringing lots of Redwings and Goldcrests and as I was chatting to them a couple of parties of Crossbills flew over. Otherwise I had a few Bullfinches, Reed Buntings, Long-tailed Tits and a Sparrowhawk.
To the coast for high tide, Llanon first, then Llansantffraed and ending up at Llanrhystud. 43 Turnstones, 33 Curlews, 16 Ringed Plover and two Dunlin, but most impressive was a flock of ca550 Golden Plover over the sea. 
Must still be lots of fish out there: at least 30 Gannets, 200 plus auks, including 10 Razorbills, and the flat calm sea made it easy to count the 33 Red-throated Divers scattered along the coast. Also about five or six Bottle-nosed Dolphins and a little raft of seven Wigeon.

Cors Caron Harrier

A fine male Hen Harrier hunted along the edge of the railway line between the Fflur hide and the culvert north of Allt Ddu at 5.20pm.  Would have had eyeballing close views IF I had been in the hide yesterday and not halfway across the bog.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Epic journey to the Outback...and back!

Thank goodness we found John & Harry today-we barely had enough rations left to survive, but they saw us through! We did see the Shrike...sort of...although it was on a rather distant planet.
Well, we struggled back to civilisation and went to see the Cletwr-now I know what HIGH tide means: the sea was up past the bridge, so we retired to the cafe for lunch and returned to find a Grey Wag having a bathe on the ebbing tide. On to Ynyslas and got stuck in mud for 3o mins-thanks to the lovely couple who helped us out!
Tan y bwlch next : Wheatears gone , but 2 Goosanders looking very plump after all that free whitebait. Finally a Rock pip trying to unscrew its head. All in a day's birding; please Chris try to find something that doesn't require a helicopter trip next.

Red-breasted Goose

It's just occurred to me that the small dark goose that Jerry Moore saw from Glandyfi on 30th Sept with the Barnacles was probably the Red-breasted Goose found by Tom Kistruck on 13th Oct, also with the Barnacles.

Twitching other people's birds

Having had no luck finding much recently, I decided to try for the Great Grey Shrike that Chris found at Llyn Syfydrin.  After about 20 minutes and no shrike, John turned up and we applied both our scopes to the job.  Still no joy until Kev and Sue arrived and within minutes Hawkeye Joynes had the bird in his bins.
Four of us in one of the more remote parts of the county; quite a twitch and we then enjoyed the bird, which was very flighty, in the bright clear sunshine.
John and I then continued to Pond yr Oerfa, where one of the Whooper Swans discovered yesterday by Elaine was still present.

Kingfisher at New Quay

Yesterday a Kingfisher was present at the tidal pool area near the lifeboat station.
Viv Evans

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Great Grey Shrike

Chris has just told me that the Great Grey Shrike is still present in the same area at Llyn Syfydrin.  There are also four female Tufted Ducks on the lake.

Pond yr Oerfa swans

I've just returned home from Aberystwyth to find two whooper swans on
Pond yr Oerfa - winter really is on its way.

During my walk in Aberystwyth I saw a female blackcap feeding on
blackberries beside the road up to Constitution Hill and then, from the
top of the hill a kestrel.

Elaine Izett

The Ynyshir Red-breasted Goose

Here is the photo of the goose that Tom Kistruck sent.