Wednesday, 23 January 2019

High tide at Ynys-hir

Ynys Feurig hide at high tide.
More  superb birding on the main flooded area in front of the hide. Highlights: 650 teal,  9 shoveler, 550 dunlin, 460 lapwing,220 redshank, 190 curlew, 7 black tailed godwit, 1 spotted redshank, 2 snipe. 76 pintail on the river. All the birds put up initially by 2 red kites, then by a female marsh harrier (Russell Jones was also there to enjoy the spectacle). 60 golden plover and approx. 200 more lapwing , and a distant kestrel and 2 red kites on the grazing marsh.

Dick Squires

Afon Clettwr

3 Water Pipits along the Clettwr at high tide this morning. There was also a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Egrets. 13 Greenland Whitefronts were in fields to the east of the Clettwr but were flushed by two railway workers who flushed almost everything on the estuary on their walk along the railway line during the high tide. It seems that a few Song Thrushes have come off the hills with the cold weather, as I've seen probably 20 around the dyfi and a couple around my garden this morning.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019


Caught the high tide this morning for half an hour.
Highlights were 6 bar tailed godwits, 1 common sandpiper, 8 great black backed gulls, 30 common gulls, 2 goldeneye and a male kestrel.

Dick Squires

High tide at Aberystwyth

Eight Purple Sandpipers roosting on the wall this morning, while just round the corner was a huddle of 38 Turnstones on the beach.

News from Cwm Wyre

From Keith Burdett yesterday: Much Raven activity again over the north bank of Cwm Wyre today,
10 to 20 throughout the day but peaked at 28 about 4 o'clock. Lots of
vocals and acrobatics. A flock of about 50 Jackdaws joined them
occasionally plus single Sparrowhawk and Kite.

All in a days work

Yesterday, between 6am-5pm. Tawny Owl (Horeb), Yellowhammer and Sparrowhawk (Ffostrasol), another Sparrowhawk in Tregroes, many thousands of Starlings heading to roost in Talgarreg and a Woodcock (Horeb) as I returned to the yard.

Sightings from Chris Bird

Last Friday the gull roost off College Rocks was joined by a Med Gull and a Great Crested Grebe.
Still quiet on Sunday's visit to the local lakes, with just three Tufted Ducks, three Goldeneye and a male Goosander on Llyn Eiddwen.
Yesterday afternoon, on a choppy sea there were at least three, possibly up to six, Velvet Scoter off the golf clubhouse at Borth and 20 Pied Wagtails came into the Portland Street roost.

Chris Bird

Monday, 21 January 2019


Dropped in for half an hour late morning. Best bird a female hen harrier. Otherwise again fairly quiet: 2 goosanders, 2 goldeneye, 120 lapwing.

Dick Squires

Our visitor from Norway

Many thanks to Havard Husebo from the Norwegian Bird Ringing Scheme who send information confirming that the Blackbird, which is still here with us, has been ringed on 23rd April 2017 in Innbygda, Hedmark, Norway. Birds are indeed amazing!

Borth - Ynyslas

No sign of any Velvets from various viewpoints this morning, though I did have a party of six Eider flying around to the north of the toilet block.
Met up with Bob at Ynyslas and we had another look at the sea before ending up by the lifeboat house where we found a Med Gull on the rocks: an adult with a fairly well developed black hood.