Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Having been away for a few days it was good to catch up with one of the juv. Rose-Coloured Starlings at Ynyslas this morning, close to the visitor centre, while a steady stream of Swallows were flying south.

Ynyslas and Glandwr

Yesterday evening at Ynyslas there were the most birds on the Dyfi I had ever seen. Oystercatchers were in the thousands, ducks (mainly Pintail I would say) were probably around 700-800, 300-400 Dunlin and Ringed Plover (at the point and by the Leri), 15 Grey Plover, 2 Ruff, 5 or so Bar-tailed Godwits, a Juvenile Peregrine, 4 Little Stints and a Curlew Sandpiper as well as thousands of gulls on a mud bar on the estuary, managed to pick out a Med Gull as well which I hadn't seen at Ynyslas before.

This morning things were quieter, 30 or so Ringed Plover and Dunlin as well as a single Golden Plover. Still large numbers of ducks around, but most of them were some way down the estuary. I got close views of one of the Rose-coloured Starling's at 8:15am at the north end of the golf course. Also had a count of 24 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshank at Glandwr, as well a male Sparrowhawk and a Kingfisher on the Leri.

Edward O'Connor

South Beach, Aberystwyth

A few hours on South Beach , Aberystwyth was productive. 
Groups of swallow s flying south along the coast , maybe 10 per group and 10-20 Gannets fishing just off shore. 
Mark Painter


Two Sandwich Terns and a Grey Plover were my first of the year here. The mix inc. Wheatears, Swallows, a Gannet and a Teal and 8 Dunlin. Quite a few Meadow Pipits about but their Rocky cousins were also plentiful along the shoreline. I managed to pick out about a dozen Med. Gulls.


I thought someone might like to know that the dog put up a Bittern from a rushy patch at Llawrcwrt this afternoon (20th Sept). It was no more than 15 yards away but quickly disappeared behind low trees. I got a good look at the disproportionally heavy bill and large feet. It was however rather paler than I imagined. I would have expected a slightly richer brown. Could this indicate a juvenile?
I might go and have a lurk near the pond, close to where I saw it, this evening, and see if it is still about.
David Woolley
(Apologies for the late posting but I was away for a few days. JAD)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rose-coloured Starling

A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was still present at Ynyslas this afternoon, near the Visitor Centre.

More Swallows and other migrants

Interesting to see Ian's posting below.  Paul Bennett and I spent over two hours at Ynyslas this morning looking for Rose-coloured Starlings without success, but there was a good passage of Swallows heading south.  I estimated a minimum of 80.  Also, driving home I saw small parties at Llandre and Llanilar.
Other highlights were a Merlin near the boatyard, eight Golden Plover, at least four Wheatears and a Manx Shearwater flying north.

Departing summer visitors

Whilst waiting in Lampeter just now for my car wipers to be fixed I noticed maybe a dozen Swallows go over in say half an hour, so large numbers must still be on the move nationwide. At lunchtime a female Blackcap appeared near the kitchen door in an elder bush.

Monday, 26 September 2016


At least one, probably both Rose-coloured Starlings still present at Ynyslas today, per Chris Bird.
He also had a good selection of waders. i.e. 170 Dunlin, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Grey Plover and two Curlew Sandpipers.

Departing summer visitors

I've had an e-mail from Ian Burgess saying that he had a Swallow yesterday from his garden in Penrhiwllan, heading west and wondering what the latest recorded date was in Ceredigion (Ian wondering, not the Swallow).
According to Birds of Ceredigion there are at least four December records, with the latest on 17th Dec 2001.  In most years they are recorded well into October, and not unusually into November.
I suspect that, like others, I search eagerly for the first migrants in spring, yet in autumn they tend to slip away un-noticed.  By the way, I had another Chiffchaff in Llanilar today.
There is a table giving earliest and latest dates of summer visitors in the annual Ceredigion Bird Reports.