Sunday, 25 January 2015

Teifi Lapwings, Goldies and Reed Buntings

Large numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing are regularly around the Teifi Estuary at the moment. At high tide they are in fields between Cardigan and Mwnt.
Today we estimated 500 Lapwing and 200 Golden Plover.
While watching these we spotted a colour ringed Reed Bunting that was ringed on the Teifi Marsh.
This is the first time that one has been seen away from the reserve. See the latest post on the Teifi Ringing Group blog for more about this. If you see any Reed Buntings please remember to check their legs and report any colour ringed birds to us via the blog contact form.
(Photos Dyfed J)

Llanon -Llanrhysted

On the point between the two Llans about 500 Golden Plover and 11 Grey Plover plus curlews, a few Turnstone and Redshank.

Aberystwyth Starlings

The starlings really put on a performance last night, the first I’ve seen for a couple of years or more. No sign of a raptor as far as i could see. It was more or less dark by the time they finished.
Much of it was above the town, however, and less than ideal for the photographer. 
This was my best effort, I think! 

jerry moore


A phone call from Chris who had been touring the northern lakes with his brother Julian took me away from the football and barely a mile to Bwlchcryws pond (just off the Devil's Bridge road leading to Trisant) where there were 7 Whooper Swans including 2 juvs. I think these are the first on any of the lakes around here for a few weeks.

Re - yesterday

Forgot to mention: there were eight Purple Sandpipers at roost on the wall at Aberystwyth yesterday morning.
I took a few photos of the waders at Ynyslas Point but looking at the quality of Kev's Buzzard shots I'm glad I didn't include any with my report.

High Tide at Ynyslas - yesterday .

A few additions to the report from Harry and Red. As well as the G. Plover  and Curlew on Ynys Tachwedd there were several hundred Lapwing and a flock of 300 + Dunlin. Three Red Kites drifting over the area gave rise to a somewhat sedate disturbance! On the Leri saltings a dozen or so Redshank, 5 Shelduck and out on the water numerous Teal, Widgeon but not a lot of Mallard.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Aber etc.

How I wish we could swap weather! Great to meet John & Harry @ Ynyslas...we saw ...nothing! Not even a Stonechat! Back at the Old College in Aber and the male Black Red showing off at low level ; camera? In the car! No sign of Purp Sands on jetty. On to Rheidol and this Buzz-I was hoping for a "white" one,

 as we saw one on a pole on the way in @ Nant yr Arian,but no go. As you can see , he wasn't too impressed with us as he shot a parting gift with some contempt!

New Quay

219 lapwing by the road a mile or so out of New Quay, with a few golden plover in with them. By & in the sea there were a few common gulls mixed in with the large numbers of herring and black-headed gulls. Couldn't see any med gulls despite looking for them.

Cross Inn Hen Harrier hunting treetops

As it was windy and uncomfortable down at the coast we decided to have a long overdue walk in Cross Inn forest.  No sign of the Shrike but it is a large area to cover and whilst we were hunkered down with our kit-kats a fine male Hen Harrier appeared hunting over the tops of the spruces.  We were hidden and on the far side of some well vegetated clear-fell so I was surprised it did not do the usual close to the ground hunting over this area.  As it progressed I could see small birds jumping out of the treetops so we surmised it was looking to grab the birds busy feeding on the plentiful cone crop.
A bit of research revealed that this behaviour had been observed over the Breckland forest in 1988 and examination of pellets at the roost site nearby revealed a plethora of small woodland birds likely to be in the firs!
Later on we were fortunate to find some Crossbills in bushes alongside the track which posed nicely.

High tide at Ynyslas

After a long computerless period, I have decided to rejoin the modern world.

A short seawatch at Aberystwyth produced two Red-throated Divers and a lone Common Scoter.

Then to Ynyslas. As I was walking towards Aberleri boatyard, the rising tide pushed off three Greenshank which flew towards Ynys Tachwedd fields, where they were seen by Red Liford, along with ca 800 Golden Plover and good numbers of Curlews.

I then headed for the point, where I was joined by Red. John later joined us.

Only a few waders here; 10 each of Knot and Grey Plover and a few Dunlin