Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Aberystwyth Prom seawatch.

Like Harry the strong wind tempted me out early morning. Three hours watching from Aberystwyth prom produced 4 Manx Shearwater, a single Sandwich Tern, Kittiwake, Gannet, 3 Common Scoter, 4 Purple Sandpiper and 40+ Common Gull. Hard going but relaxing with a spectacular looking sea. Later at Newquay, three Mediterranean Gulls were new Cei Bach and two Manxy flew north offshore. Still no Dolphins though. 

Manxies at New Quay

The forecast of a strong WNW wind tempted me to New Quay for an early seawatch.  The fish factory may be malodorous but it is sheltered behind there and quite pleasant in the morning sunshine.
Hardly a bird to be seen for the first 80 minutes or so, except for the local Fulmars, a few auks and three distant Gannets.
Then the first Manx Shearwater appeared:  the start of a light passage of this species and Gannets which lasted for about 20 minutes. There was another small movement during the last half hour of the three hour session and the final counts were :-  Manx Shearwater 22, Gannet 13.
Also passing were 10 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Kittiwakes.
No sign of the dolphins which the Easter holidaymakers will be hoping for, but a passing Harbour Porpoise stayed around for a little while.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Shrike still at Cross Inn

A few bits and pieces around Llanrhystud last couple of days. Five Med Gulls including three stunning summer plumaged adults and a smart 2nd summer bird. 3 Grey Plover here too. Nearby at Cross Inn the Great Grey Shrike showed superbly early morning. Also, 2 Willow tit, 5 Common Crossbill and 15+ Lesser Redpoll present. 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Coed Dolgoed Strata Florida aka Coed Y Bont

Coed y Bont community woodland has been the venue for a previous birdwalk and is the subject of some intensive bird surveying. The mosaic of habitats including Protected Ancient Woodland make it well worth visiting when it re-opens to the public after the creation of paths and ponds through the old clear fell area at the end of April.
There will be a bird walk to celebrate this during April so watch this space!
This morning there were the following species in just one small tree: robin, treecreeper, blue,coal,long tailed and willow tit!  Lesser Redpolls, 5 chiffchaffs and a marsh tit singing,  courting red kites  and noisy great spots were also around.
Unfortunately I didn't have a drone to do an aerial shot but you get an impression.
the clear fell and entrance track at Coed Y Bont

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


There were 500 Black-headed Gulls present this morning with 2 Mediterranean Gulls among them. Also seen; Chiffchaff, Wheatear and Shag. Unusually, just a solitary wader-a Snipe.

Ringed plover

Thought it might be of interest that a pair of Ringed plover were showing signs of being on territory North beach Aberearon  to day.
David Price

An Aberystwyth miscellany

On a glorious spring morning I started at Castle point. Passing offshore were six Common Scoter, two Curlew, two Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar and a Gannet.  Six Ringed Plover and five Purple Sandpipers were pushed ever closer on the rising tide.
A walk along the riverbank from Morrison's started with a Dipper, then a Moorhen. Great views then of a Goldcrest and one of three singing Chiffchaffs.  Further downstream were three Goosander; a male with two females.

Monday, 23 March 2015


Our female Hawfinch is still with us one month on since our first seeing her. She sticks to a routine of coming for morning prayer which follows feeding the birds, chickens and our breakfast. We have seen her 6 out of the last 7 mornings. Sadly we have yet to see a male to keep her company!
Sue and Terry Reeves.

(See posts of 2nd March and 25th February)

Cors Caron waders

Redshank x 2 and a Green Sandpiper in front of the waiting room this morning.  With low water levels and some mud showing at last its probably worth a visit; the skylarks are a joy if nothing else turns up!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

White Wagtail -- Mwnt

Another couple of early hours at Mwnt this morning.
Two male Wheatears started the morning well, with Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Chough being notable. A male White Wagtail dropped onto the grass in front of the church but was soon off..
Great to see c12 Bottlenosed Dolphins put on a bit of a show with some clear breaches out of the water. Great to be able to show the dolphins off to three Spanish visitors....