Thursday, 24 August 2017

Teifi sightings

A 70 minute seawatch early this morning across the bay produced 139 Common Scoter, 100's of Kittiwakes, 1 Bonxie and 3 Arctic Skuas. No juvenile Kittiwakes passing and out of 150 roosting on Cardigan Island only 1 juvenile. Two additional Bonxies flew close past the boat.
The small wader flock c80 was comprised of  Dunlin with a few Ringed Plover. 1 Bar-headed Goose
and 45 Barnacle Geese were present with the Canadas this morning.

An impressive Cetacean record today of 15/20 Common Dolphins off the mouth of the Teifi. They were found at 830am and seen  regularly as we passed through the area until 1100 as they headed further south west. Bottlenosed Dolphins have been present all day and we have larger than usual numbers of Porpoise around, c10/15 in one hour yesterday.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Parking at Ynys Las tomorrow

Just a note about the parking charge: apparently locals don't have to pay so you need an envelope or something with your name and address on to leave in car.  This was explained to us last time we went by staff in the visitor centre.


   This morning Jill and I together with Bob and Terry (ex Aber from Scarborough) watched the gathering of waders at the Point. : 940 Ringed Plovers, around 1,500 Dunlin and 5 Knot, 3 Sanderling and a Turnstone. Also, around 50 Sandwich Terns.


I noticed a nice photo of a colour-ringed chough on the Ceredigion Bird Blog, by Silke Einschuetz, on 20th August in a flock of 8 at Tanybwlch.  The colour-ringed bird (Rt: Lime/BTO Lt: Green/Orange “5H”) is one of this year’s juveniles, from one of the nest-sites just south of Aberystwyth.  There’s only been one previous sighting of this young bird, together with adult pair + 3 siblings.
Adrienne Stratford

Llanrhystud and Llanon

Migration in evidence this morning with a continuous movement of hirundines along the coast, mostly Swallows early on with more Sand and House Martins later.   Also at least five Wheatears at Llanrhystud and four at Llanon and good numbers of Pied Wagtails on the move.
In a high tide wader roost at Llanon were 98 Ringed Plovers (with another 17 at Llanrhystud), 15 Dunlin, 12 Turnstones and a juv Sanderling, with 35 Curlews at Llansantffraed.
Wildfowl represented by 32 Mallard on the flooded field near the lime kilns, 20  Canada Geese and four Shelduck which flew north offshore.
Around 70 Med Gulls were on the beach south of Llanon when I arrived with more flying in until there must have been 200 plus by the time I left.

Med Gull movements

Med Gulls moving inland during the winter in Spain were monitored much as Harry suggests and it was found that they were attracted to olive groves where they feasted on the dropped fruit.  However I hesitate to put forward this theory as I haven't noticed any olive trees east of Tan Y Bwlch!

'Daily rhythms involve birds moving between offshore feeding areas during the day (where they
largely consume fishing discards) to inland olive crops and bathing and drinking sites (Riudecanyes reservoir) in the afternoon, and finally to coastal roost sites at dusk (Cambrils). '

All goes to show what successful birds they are being opportunistic feeders so there's something inland they are after!

Wheatears on the move

Three Wheatears (2f, 1m) on the promenade at Aberaeron this morning.

Andy James

Med Gulls in Aberystwyth

Yesterday Chris counted 107 Med Gulls on College rocks and 46 in the harbour which included several colour-ringed birds: details to follow.
Later in the day he noticed large numbers on Blaendolau fields, probably many of the same birds.  Other people and I have noticed Med Gulls flying inland over Aber and they have also been seen  heading up the valley at Tanybwlch before turning in the direction of Blaendolau.  Perhaps a co-ordinated count could be carried out.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Marsh Tit

One was calling in Trebedw, Henllan this morning.

High tide at Ynyslas

I arrived at Ynyslas this morning for the first of this week's high tides to find John, Jill, Liz and Silke already there. We made our way to the point where the weather went from dull through drizzle to rain and back again.
A roost of ca 2500 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers greeted us but despite five pairs of eyes all we could find among them were three juvenile Knot.  There were also two Wheatears at the water's edge and a very vocal Whimbrel flew in off the sea.
Back on the estuary side there were 34 Sandwich Terns on the posts, where Silke and Liz had earlier had a Common Tern, and met up with Bob, complete with dogs.