Monday, 1 September 2014

GREENSHANKS

This afternoon there were 4 Greenshanks by the Clettwr and at Ynyslas by the Leri, upstream of the railway bridge, there were 5 more plus 5 Black-tailed Godwits and two Whimbrels.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Honey

Just over the border, south side of Llandysul, a honey buzzard this morning. It headed off south - superb views, with local buzzards for comparison. Well pleased with a lifer for 2 of us!

Ynys-hir (again).

After a pathetic hours sea-watch this morning at Borth (highlight a fulmar!) I went to Ynys-hir and on the estuary from the Breakwater hide there were 120 ringed plover, 340 dunlin, 2 knot, a turnstone and a little stint. On the Breakwater fields there was a juv. little ringed plover.

Coed Dolgoed Hobby

Yesterday, Friday, over clear fell  a hobby flying south in the murk at 6pm.  Loads of redpolls and siskins on the larch cones, too active to count.

Meanwhile up in the hills yesterday.*..

Cwm Berwyn is changing rapidly with new areas of felling and yesterday we found a large group of pipits feeding on the freshly exposed ground.  Also surprisingly a family of grey wags feeding along a murky ditch.  Alone on a felled stump were 2 crossbills but they were too far away to get good pics, nevertheless they are the first I have seen in 12 months as last year was disastrously short on cones.  This year almost every tree is weighed down with them so hopefully there will be more to see this winter.
Down at Soar Y Mynydd we looked in vain for the eagle but a buzzard looked good against the blue sky.  In a tour of eastern Scotland this summer we counted buzzards on one hand but I won't depress you by recommending the raptor persecution website!
*Actually Thursday

Friday, 29 August 2014

Kingfisher at Ynys-hir

Another picture from Keith, this one taken from Domenlas Hide at Ynys-hir today.

Dead Heron! Taxidermy project?

We have just found a dead heron in our stream. Apart from being emaciated, it seems to be in good condition. If anybody would like it (I know how much Liz enjoys studying things like this!), I'll hold onto it for a couple of days at Pontsaeson, Cross Inn.

Black Tern at Ynyslas

Russell's Juvenile Black Tern, or possibly it's brother put in an appearance at Ynyslas this afternoon.
When I arrived at about 2:50 it was with 13 Sandwich Terns sat on the sand not far from the entrance to the beach.
Despite a Gymkhana going on nearby they stayed put for about 30 minutes before splitting up.
Most of them flew off but the Black Tern and a couple the Sandwiches only moved a few yards before settling again.  It was still there when I left at about 3:30

Ynys-hir

An unexpectedly high tide this morning pushed 2 greenshank, 3 whimbrel, 2 ringed plover and a little ringed plover onto the Breakwater fields. Over the river was a juv. black tern, an adult Meditteranean gull and 5 wigeon.

More departing Swifts

Three Swifts hawking over Aberaeron on Wednesday evening (27th) at 18.45 - and which then headed off SE. (Unfortunately none of them Pallid or even a hint of Pallid - see recent postings!)

Ian Harrison