Monday, 5 October 2015


A huge number of Gannets were feeding within sight of the Turn Car Park this morning.  I couldn't attempt an accurate count but there were perhaps as many as 800.  Also hundreds and hundreds of gulls - mostly black headed and herring, but a few Great black backed and I picked out a few Meds.
The sea was choppy, making it difficult to spot birds on it, but I did manage to identify 3 Red throated divers.  There were also several dozen Manxies and similar numbers of auks.

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Buster and I rounded the day off with a very pleasant hour sea watching from The Turn Car Park.
The first things of interest I saw were two dolphins.  They came into view as I scanned the sea, and a few seconds later they gave a great performance, both of them leaping completely clear of the water.
There were perhaps 25 or 30 Guillemot and c20 Common Scoter on the sea, and maybe 25 or 30 Gannet over them.  And I counted 18 Red throated divers and 1 Great crested grebe.  After a while I was joined by Brenda and Wyn from Welshpool and we spent some time trying to decide whether one of the divers was a Black throated.  We couldn't come to a definite decision, but it probably was...
Bob Relph

Field Trip sightings

Many thanks to everyone who came along this morning. I hope you all enjoyed the walks. We started at Aberaeron. A couple of dark-breasted Brent Geese were seen before most of us arrived. Birds inc. 70-100 Golden Plover, a few Turnstones and a Redshank, plus a pair of Stonechats and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Offshore, a few Gannets and Shags. The number of Plovers reflects that we all estimated them a little differently despite the excellent views! At Llanerchaeron, Dipper, Grey Wagtail and at least one Crossbill. There were good numbers of Kites and Buzzards about. Red and myself both reckoned we'd heard about half a dozen Treecreepers on our way round. Total no. species seen 45. I think.

Sightings at Ynyslas

I received the following from Roy Bamford yesterday -

Accosted a birder from Brum down by the golf club this am. There were at least 6 black throated divers and various auks offshore. More interesting perhaps was his comment that there had been a dozen twite there earlier in the morning. You hadn’t been around with 11 mates had you?

Bob Relph

Saturday, 3 October 2015


It was dull and chilly when I arrived on the prom this morning.  Visibility was poor at sea, so I started with a walk around the castle, finding good numbers of Meadow Pipits and a few Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails.
Three Wigeon flew in and settled just off Castle point, a few Gannets and auks passed by in the gloom and there were 26 Ringed Plover, a few Turnstones and a Curlew on the rocks.
John joined me for a short time before the cold drove him away.

Harry Pepper

Friday, 2 October 2015

Tan y Bwlch -again.

Oh this sunshine! Sea as flat as a pancake , but no dolphins! However, a lonely Wigeon on the Ystwyth;the Kestrel eating a vole over the river; 2 Choughs heading south; re 12 Wheatears; several Rock Pips ;  8 Stonechats and a possible alba amongst the wagtails-got a few pics by dodging the dogs.

Around the Pendam lakes

Chris went up to the forestry above Penrhyncoch this afternoon and found a flock of small birds between Llyn Blaenmelindwr and Llyn Syfydrin.  The usual tit species including ca 20 Long-tailed Tits plus two Goldcrests, two Chiffchaffs and tantalisingly brief views of a probable Yellow-browed Warbler.

Arctic Skua at Aberystwyth

A pale morph Arctic Skua was the highlight of a seawatch from Castle point this morning.  Also of interest, a Curlew and two Goosanders.

Harry Pepper

Ynys-hir this morning

Another gorgeous day, another gorgeous bird
Bob Relph

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A bit of Ruff

Cracking little juvenile Ruff at Tregaron Bog this evening - a female (Reeve) going on size.