Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Saturday at Ynyslas

A high tide scan at Ynyslas this morning revealed a Little Stint amongst the massed ranks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover, also present was a Curlew Sandpiper which we saw just before the flocks were flushed by an unsuccessful but very determined juvenile Peregrine. The only other noteworthy sighting today was a Wheatear on the bare field by Borth church.

Steffi Carter

Monday 29th

C.B. saw 14 red throated divers close in the surf feeding on sprats just off ynyslas turn car park at around 4pm. A close look up the estuary revealed 2 brent geese, possibly the two seen last week at the mouth, one looks quite possibly the black brant!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Small numbers of seven species of wader also inc. 145 Golden Plover. 2 House Martins, 3 Wheatears and a Med Gull also seen. At sea, handfuls of what appeared to be Auks were zipping about. 9 Common Scoter flew by. From the clifftops, a scan of the horizon suggested about 40 Gannets were offshore, with one or two coming in quite close to give great views in the sunshine.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Art and the Birds at Ynys Hir….

For the Birds invites you to a spectacular trail of sound, light and sculpture in celebration of birds, taking place at RSPB Ynys-hir nature reserve between 2nd – 5th October 2014.

Presented by Jony Easterby, For the Birds is a newly-devised collaboration between artists Dark Spark, Esther Tew, Kathy Hinde and Easterby. Phosphorescent LED glows, electronic sounds, music, sculpture and imagery create a dreamlike techno-paradise where technology and nature unite to create a beautiful spectacle of over 26 artworks. For the Birds is a stunning show for all the family. Covering some 2km of tracks and boardwalks the trail involves walking for over one hour around beautifully lit paths over undulating terrain.

Tickets and transport:

£10 - £14 includes coach transport

Available from Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970 623232

Coaches depart from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Borth, Tal-y-Bont, Taliesin or Y Plas, Machynlleth

Limited car parking tickets available at extra cost of £10 per car, please share your transport where possible.

Red Throated Divers off the Turn Carpark

4 RT divers this morning still in breeding plumage off the Turn carpark and a small flock of Scoter off the cliffs at Borth.
A sort of sizzling was going on just offshore which turned out to be very small silver fishes jumping out of the water attracting a few hungry gulls and later a lone gannet.
Stumpy the one legged gull was still down at Ynys Las.

Golden plover

South side of Llandysul my first small flock of golden plover visiting their usual fields this morning. Just 22 but it's a start
Later in day, 31.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Rheidol today

6 redhead Goosanders (probably the same family), 4 linnets and a solitary Wheatear @ Tan ybwlch along with the digger putting the sand back where it belongs!

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Individual present at Cors Caron, but whether this is the same or a different bird to that I've seen a few times these last couple of weeks, I couldn't say.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

First signs of winter?

Today at Ynys Las over 50 golden plover and about 30 wigeon roosting and feeding at low tide on the weed by the poles Leri side.
Also this one legged Herring Gull whose number we eventually read but it would help if ringers put the numbers right way up!  It was getting some grief from a 1st year Herring gull and, although seeming to manage on one leg, wasn't first to pick up some scraps some unscrupulous person had scattered!


Before heading for Ynyslas Harry and I noted 32 Ringed Plovers, 28 Turnstones and a Dunlin on the beach at Aberystwyth by Castle Point. Several Gannets and a Manx Shearwater were offshore.
At Ynyslas there were a couple of Sandwich Terns, 3 Sanderling, 2 Knot, 150+ Dunlin and Ringed Plovers and 102 Golden Plovers, a good count for September.
Nice to meet Brendan and his Dad. On Monday he was there and photographed 122 Knot and a Black Brant with a dark-bellied Brent Goose. Sadly the geese flew off south after a while.