Sunday, 26 January 2020

Aberporth Saturday 25th

Offshore 2 Red throated Divers, on the cliffs 2 unringed Chough, in the bay 30 Scoter (most I've seen this winter) and Herring gulls looking possessive on the ledges!

Glandyfi at low tide Saturday

Again fairly quiet this afternoon. Highlight was a female merlin on the north side of the river, and a green sandpiper below Domen las.  Other sightings included 2 redshank, 3 curlew and 3 little egrets.  4 little grebes and a pair of goosanders on the river.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

The Ring-necked Duck remains

Finally caught up with the male ring necked duck on Llyn Blaenmelindwr.  The bird was close in with three tufted (two male, one female).  A very nice individual, though it escapes me why this species is called ring necked duck, when its most obvious features are associated with the bill and flanks.  One female goosander on same lake.  Crossbill singing from nearby small pines.  Further down road in forestry above Penrhyncoch, were further crossbill chipping and a large mixed flock (c. 120 birds) of siskin and goldfinch.

Chris Forster Brown

New Quay Chough

This rather friendly chough was feeding at the quarry on New Quay head.
Guillemots now absent on Bird’s Rock.

Viv Evans

Borth and Ynyslas

Five Purple Sandpipers in the roost at Aber to start then up to Ynyslas. Single Turnstone and Great Crested Grebe on the falling tide, plus about 55 Curlews.  A long line of ca400 Oystercatchers flew across the estuary to the pillbox area.
A nice little collection on the sea opposite the golf clubhouse comprised three Shoveler, two Velvet Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and an all-male raft of Common Scoter which were so close inshore they were almost on the beach.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Great Crested Grebe, etc.

Great Crested Grebe just off the pier from Aber prom this morning, and a two Brambling in Ystumtuen city centre this afternoon. 

Matt Potter

Peter Davis's memorial and interment service

For anyone who would like to attend Peter Davis's memorial and interment service it will be held at Llanddewi Aberarth, Nr  Aberaeron postcode SA46 0JT at midday on Saturday 15th February. The family would love to see any of Peter's colleagues and acquaintances who may wish to attend. Please spread the word.  Car-share up to the church is advised as parking is limited. Please let me know if you plan to attend as the Village Hall is putting on a buffet lunch and would like an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Llanrhystud - Llanon - Llansantffraed

Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls in the fields at Llanrhystud from which I picked out two Med Gulls.  Four Red-throated Divers offshore, and I was hoping for more at Llanon, but the mist had come in when I got there.
Wader totals:  Ringed Plover 17, Golden Plover c900, Grey Plover 13, Curlew 45min, Redshank 2, Turnstone 9.
Finished off with a Grey Wagtail at Llansantffraed.

Thursday, 23 January 2020


Chiffchaff hopping around in the car park at the riverside end of big Tesco in Aberystwyth this morning.

Naomi Davis

Ring-necked Duck

The long-staying Ring-necked Duck was on Llyn Blaenmelindwr yesterday, along with three Tufted Ducks (2f, 1m).
Further along on Llyn Syfydrin there were three Goldeneye (2f, 1m) and a good count of 10 Mallards.

Chris Bird