Saturday, 20 January 2018

Greenland White-fronted Geese

The Dyfi Greenland White front flock is still 25 strong, they are spending their time between the wet grassland at Ynys-hir, fields further down the estuary and areas on the Gwynedd side of the river. I see them regularly at dawn from the Ynys-feurig hide and also flying around the estuary during the day.

Tom Kistruck

Glaucous Gull at Llanrhystud

Glaucous gull at Llanrhystud about 200m south of the car park in the field behind the beach. It appears to have been feeding on a dead porpoise which is at the back of the beach just behind the pebble line.

Shane Jones

This adult is the second Glaucous Gull in the county in the space of three days, after Arthur Chater's 2w bird at Trefechan on Thursday.

Purple Sandpipers - Teifi

2 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below the Cliff Hotel golf course, at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary, this afternoon.

Not a common species here, the last sighting was one in the same location last February and one several years ago further up the estuary on the end of Patch spit.

More on colour-ringed Choughs

I have received feedback from Adrienne Stratford regarding recent sightings of colour-ringed Choughs in the county as follows:-

One of the birds photographed by Viv Evans at New Quay.  See my post of 17 Jan.

  Rt: Orange/Blue inscribed Lt: “Mud brown”/BTO -  only the second record of a young bird ringed by Tony Cross in 2016, as one of a late brood of three, about 8 km distant, near Ynys Lochtyn. The first record of this one was also at New Quay last July, also in a flock of 4 but with none of its companions identified.

The two birds seen in the harbour on the bird walk on 13 Jan and the details sent to Adrienne by Red Liford, 

The first two are sibling youngsters ringed by Tony last season near Morfa Bychan. The lower reddish or brownish ring on each of  their left legs is almost certainly a dullish orange with black inscription.  You may well be right about the sexes, as they were too small on the ringing date to hazard a guess based on biometrics.  They could also be paired, as this is not uncommon with siblings of this age, although the 1st of these (Rt: Lime/BTO Lt: Green/Orange inscribed “5H”) was photographed by John Davis on 5th Jan (see Ceredigion blog), at around the same spot but with a different, unrelated colour-ringed juvenile.
I’m fairly sure your single lunchtime bird is another view of your first bird again, but with his “legs crossed”… This time you could see the orange inscribed ring, and your reading of the inscription as HG confirms the ID (the inscription reads from top down as “5H”, but if read from ground-up would look like “HG”).
For the 2nd bird (Rt: Lime/BTO Lt: Lime/Orange # inscribed), this is only the second fledged sighting and the first at Aberystwyth and in 2018.  I was a bit worried after John Davis had reported two being rather tame there that they might be struggling to find enough food. But it sounds as if it’s a good spot to feed + at least these ones have survived into their 2nd calendar year. 

Another bird also in the harbour and photographed by John on 5 Jan and also by Naomi on 31 Dec.

Rt: Red/BTO Lt: Lime/Orange “4S” – a young male from a brood of 2 ringed by Tony, from about 5 km North of Aberystwyth near Borth. He’s been recorded 3 times at the communal roost near Wallog in autumn (but no records of his female sibling), last seen in October

See also posts by me on 1st Jan and John on 5th   and 7th Jan.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Llyn Fanod

A fIne male Merlin at Llyn Fanod today, along with five Cormorants, four Great Black-backed Gulls, nine Wigeon and two Goosanders.
Just a female Tufted Duck on Llyn Eiddwen.

Chris Bird


300 Golden Plover at Croeslan. Large mixed flock of perhaps 400 finches at Deinol Farm, Glynarthen (200 Linnets/200 Chaffinches).

Dyfi estuary

An extremely blustery Dyfi estuary today.  Mute Swan and Barnacle Goose added to my list at Ynys-hir.  Skylark and Stonechat from the boatyard and the White-fronted Goose and two pinkfeet were still on Ynys Tachwedd, along with c90 Fieldfares, c40 Redwings and 300 plus Golden Plover.
Later a Tufted Duck on the lake at Nant yr Arian.

Andy James

Ring-billed Gull at Tre'r-ddol

Adult Ring-billed Gull on the field opposite the Clettwr Cafe at Tre’r-ddol, found and photographed by Rob Knipe yesterday morning.

Black Redstart

Black Redstart, found again yesterday near the lookout on the cliffs above New Quay.
Viv Evans


We came across this colour ringed Great Black Backed Gull this afternoon at the entrance to the Harbour in Aberystwyth. We thought you might be interested to know that after submitting to the BTO we have heard back and found out that this individual was ringed on Ireland's Eye off Dublin, Ireland on July 1st 2017.

Olivia Pargeter and Rhodri Jones