Monday, 8 February 2016


Female Tufted Duck and Barnacle Goose from Marian Mawr hide on Saturday.

Andy James

Andy's text was sent on Saturday, but I didn't receive it until this morning. The price of living in an area of poor mobile reception.


The 550D has been sold.
All vids still available!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pied Wagtail roost

C B had a minimum of 170, probably up to 200 Pied Wagtails roosting in the tree next to the White Horse in Aber on Friday.
Earlier in the day he had eight Goldeneye and a Coot on the gravel pits near Aberffrwd in the Rheidol valley.

 Russell,  Maesllyn at Cors Caron is usually a reliable site for Tufted Duck at this time of year.


after a frustrating day birding from the car in heavy rain yesterday today was markedly better. At Cwm Rheidiol reservoir all looked bird less at first (where are the tufties for my county year list?) when at the narrow channel into the reservoir a male goldeneye and an immature scaup appeared diving simultaneously. At cors Caron a willow tit obliged almost immediately though no sign of the shrike at cross inn. Lovely day until the rain downed dismal.

Videos for free + Canon 550D for sale

Apparently charity shops no longer want Videos which are the old sort not DVD's.

I have the following free for anyone who still has a videoplayer and wants them:

Life in the Freezer  double vid unopened so pristine.  BBC D. Attenborough
The Life Of Birds   treble vid in box  unused              BBC          "
Warblers of Britain and Europe narr Bill Oddie, filmed P Doherty Bird Images  2.5 hrs
Birds Of Southern Africa           Guy Gibbon           1hr
Undiscovered Country RSPB guide to the Scottish Flows
The Egret has landed  Narr by Tony Soper   1hr about the colonisation of south Devon by Little Egrets

In original box: Canon 550D with EFS 18-55mm image stabilised lens  2 spare batteries plus charger, 58mm HOYA polarising lens . Price:  £135 which is what we were offered in part ex but thought someone might want or need a bargain more than the dealer!   Excellent condition but now surplus to requirements.
01974 299166

Hen Harrier

Male Hen Harrier, Llanfair Clydogau.

Gwyn Jones

For those not so familiar with the county, Llanfair Clydogau is about midway between Llanddewi Brefi and Lampeter.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Peregrine over Cors Caron. Deadly pigeons over the Midlands

On Thursday afternoon I noted an altercation between a crow and a passing peregrine over Cors Caron.

Not a special enough event to blog about until I read an item about racing pigeons being fitted with fishing hooks on their legs:
Just reminded me never to take for granted everyday sightings of the fantastic array of raptors we can enjoy here in West Wales.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Black Redstarts on Old College

Male black redstart showing well around 11 am on the Old College and a female type later at 13.10.

Forgot to say that there were 100 or so lapwings south of Pennant on the 2nd of February. Probably the same flock that was at Ty Gwyn pools as only saw one back there when we got back from the vets.

The whooper swan at Ty Gwyn pools is pinioned.

Dippers and Kestrel at Llansantffraed

I was very pleased to see two Dippers on the river Peris this morning, under the church bridge.

I also enjoyed spectacular views of a male Kestrel from the grassy area at the mouth of the river. It was hovering quite close to the ground and virtually above me. It then dived into some scrub and flew past me a few seconds later, holding a mouse or vole in its talons. It landed half way up the grassy bank on the south side of the area. I ventured a little closer and stopped about ten yards away to watch him tucking in. After a few seconds I left so that he could relax for the remainder of his meal.

Recent sightings

3 February Cross Inn forest 2 Woodcock. Crossbills heard but not seen. (No sight of the GG Shrike since it was tempted away by Chris Bird!)
4 February Llansantfraed Kestrel, 50ish Curlew, 2 Mediterranean gulls.
4 February Ty Gwyn pools Whooper swan