Thursday, 6 August 2020

Llanrhystud - Llansantffraed

On the flooded field at Llanrhystud this morning were two Dunlin and two Greylags, with a Reed Bunting on the fence.  Lots of activity offshore with ca70 Kittiwakes, four Sandwich Terns and 30 plus Gannets heading south in about 20 min.
In the bay at Llansantffraed were at least 40 Turnstones, 37 Oystercatchers, 35 Curlews, six Ringed Plovers, two Sanderlings and a Whimbrel.
Back at Llanrhystud 102 Mediterranean Gulls had gathered on the stubble field.  A steady stream of Swallows were moving south at both sites, with a few Sand and House Martins.

Juvenile Sparrowhawk

"I managed to get a shot of this juvenile Sparrowhawk (I believe it's a juvenile, as it still showed a patch or two of down on its back) that landed on my neighbour's roof yesterday.  Unfortunately, it was immediately mobbed by two jackdaws and promptly disappeared"

Brian Wiley

Up in the mist

There was a group of 4 Willow Tits together on Bryn Du 681513 this morning. Perhaps a pair with juveniles? Not far away on Bryn Coch there were singles at 679515 and 676516. Also in the area a flock of about 40 Siskins.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Teifi Whimbrel

A lone Whimbrel was on the Ceredigion side of the Teifi estuary yesterday.

Sparrowhawk at Llansantffraed

A well-timed look out of a window at home in Llansantffraed this afternoon resulted in a good view of a male Sparrowhawk flying past and landing in a tree.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Iolo: The Last Wilderness of Wales

I hoped readers of the Ceredigion bird blog would be pleased to hear about 'Iolo: The Last Wilderness of Wales' which begins this Thursday. It's a four-part series about the wildlife of the Cambrian Mountains.

Here's a trailer for the series:

Here's a specific teaser for this week's show:

On Twitter:

Kathy James
Specialist Researcher

Series starts this Thursday, 6th August at 7:30 on BBC1 Wales.  Thanks to Kathy for sending the above information.  I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, 3 August 2020


A good count of 20 Turnstones on the seawall at Aberystwyth this morning.
Then to Ynyslas point for the high tide.  Red Liford and dog turned up and we spent a pleasant session largely going through the terns.  Among ca 110 Sandwich Terns were two Common and three Arctic or it may have been three Common and two Arctic: they kept moving.
Small waders were mostly Dunlin and Ringd Plover, with at least 12 Sanderling, though Red may have found something else among them after I left.


A sole Canada Goose in Aberaeron harbour yesterday morning looking rather out of place.

Debbie Camp

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Yellow Wagtails

3 Yellow Wags with Pieds on the flooded field at Llanrhystud, also a female Wheatear that looked like a ‘Greenland’.  150 Med Gulls on the beach below the caravan park.

Arfon Williams

Saturday, 1 August 2020


Today Chris had a Hobby over his house and later seven Swifts, heading south for the winter.
He also noted 15 Turnstones on the seawall on Friday.