Saturday, 25 March 2017

ABERYSTWYTH

  I actually beat Harry to Castle Point this morning. Beside us were 9 Purple Sandpipers. Out to sea there were just one or two distant Gannets and Common Scoters on the move.
 A Red-throated Diver was closer.  Then I saw a tiny bird, quite far out, dashing north, skimming over the water. It fluttered up against the sky: Sand Martin!

Cranes

Three cranes over the Penrhyn/ Coybal coastal stretch 2:20 pm today. Initially fairly low and moving NE and then gaining height on a thermal and started dropping back to the SW. Went back to the house to get a camera and telephoto and of course I lost them.

Viv Evans

Great White Egret

There was a Great White Egret at Ynys-hir this morning. It was in the field beside the Saltings Hide, easy to see from the path running down left after the railway bridge.
Bob Relph

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.