Thursday, 28 May 2020

Golden Oriole in Llangwyryfon

Chris Bird has just called me to say he has heard a Golden  Oriole  singing about 200 yards from his house.
Further details to follow.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Common Sandpiper

Yesterday I found a Common Sandpiper on a shingle bank on the Ystwyth, a short distance upstream from Llanilar.  The first one I've seen there.

Pied Flycatchers

A pair of pied flycatchers on the river Aeron at Llanerchaeron, also being joined from time to time by a second male. 

Shane Jones

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Little Grebes

News from Chris Bird that the Little Grebes on Maesllyn farm pond have two fully-grown young and a second brood of three which are now half-grown.
In the same area, a neighbour of Chris's was treated to a daytime fly past from a Barn Owl.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Recent sightings

At Llyn Mynydd Gorddu on Wednesday were four male tufties and one female. I wonder if three females are incubating at the moment? Also present were coot, moorhen, canada goose, mallard (quite a few males and one family with six ducklings), and little grebe. The garden warbler was still noisily present and there were a very few swallows and one house martin overhead. 

The red kites at Salem have one chick, and there is a small colony of swifts around the chapel. I found a pair of pied flycatchers feeding young yesterday.

Jerry Moore

Aberystwyth seawatch

A look at the sea before shopping this morning. The south-westerly gale had brought hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, many of them shearing past close inshore.  Lots of Gannets around too, though the highlights for me in a seabird-starved spring were two Fulmars and a party of eight Guillemots.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Nightjars etc..

Nightjars seen and heard last night in NRW forestry, with a pair on the south side of Llyn Nantycagl, and a churring male in forestry at the top of Cwm Einion. A snipe was chipping in a bog just below Llyn Nantycagl. Earlier in the day I had a pair of peregrines soaring over Foel fawr, perhaps failed breeders?

Sightings from Chris Bird

Yesterday there were three Cuckoos around the hillside by Llyn Eiddwen, with three Wheatears keeping an anxious watch.  Another two Wheatears were nearby. A Whitethroat was singing at Trefenter.
A friend of Chris's reports two Cuckoos from an area of clearfell near Bronant.

Monday, 18 May 2020

More Hoopoes?

As well as the bird Ian mentions in Dihewyd there may be others about. On Facebook (Ceredigion Birds and Wildlife) there is mention of a bird seen in Clywedog Plantation above Llanfair Clydogau. In the comments section re the Dihewyd bird, someone has also said that there was one near Newcastle Emlyn. And of course, one was reported near Aberystwyth a few days ago.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Ystwyth Valley

This morning's walk was along the old railway line from Llanilar towards Trawscoed.  I can't remember a spring with so many singing Wrens, and the usual warblers were in good voice. A light passsge of Swifts down the valley was accompanied by a few House Martins and Swallows.
I was pleased to find five Stock Doves in the surrounding fields as I see them more regularly to the west of Llanilar.