Monday, 21 August 2017

High tide at Ynyslas

I arrived at Ynyslas this morning for the first of this week's high tides to find John, Jill, Liz and Silke already there. We made our way to the point where the weather went from dull through drizzle to rain and back again.
A roost of ca 2500 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers greeted us but despite five pairs of eyes all we could find among them were three juvenile Knot.  There were also two Wheatears at the water's edge and a very vocal Whimbrel flew in off the sea.
Back on the estuary side there were 34 Sandwich Terns on the posts, where Silke and Liz had earlier had a Common Tern, and met up with Bob, complete with dogs.


Aberaeron Med Gulls

74 Med Gulls at Aberaeron this morning.

Andy James

Sunday, 20 August 2017

First the milk, now the sugar!

I don't know if people remember blue tits used to peck at milk bottle tops to get to the cream, but on an outside table at Llanerchaeron today one was pecking at packets to get to the sugar!

The Teifi estuary

Waders were on the move all day, the highest totals at any one time were, 40 Ringed Plover, 52 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 18 Redshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone, 1 Green Sandpiper, 43 Oystercatcher and 63 Curlew.
A couple of hours from dawn at Mallard pond produced Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaffs, good feeding for migrants in the reedbed and the same species were found moving through Poppit and Patch scrub.
Little Egrets hit a season peak of 13 with 3 arriving of the sea.
Geese were spectacular - if unwanted ! But 2 Bar-headed, 7 Greylag, 13 Barnacle amongst c550 Canada Geese.
(Wendy J, Gary R, Rich D)

Those Goosanders again and a ringed Chough

I went back to Tan Y Bwlch yesterday to see if the Goosanders were still around - the largest group was of 8 birds which is not to say that the original 11 were not there anymore as they came and went individually or in small groups of 2 or 3 and, in contrast to last Thursday, they took off to fly. So here are some better pictures of them. There was also a group of 8 Choughs, one of which was ringed with a red (5H) and a dark green plastic ring on the left leg, as well as a light green plastic ring and a metal ring on the right leg (see picture).



bits and bobs

There were about 50 Med Gulls south of LLanon this morning along with 3 Common Sandpipers and a Chough. Yesterday a Spotted Flycatcher was in the grounds of Blaendyffryn Hall, Horeb.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

More Aberystwyth Med Gulls

This afternoon there were 156 Med Gulls on Blaendolau playing fields and 15 in the harbour.

Chris Bird

ABERYSTWYTH HARBOUR

   Med. Gull white ring 3YYA (see below) was in the harbour again today. Also. what I assume is a leucistic Herring Gull:
 
   From its behaviour, picking up bits of wood and sea-weed like young gulls do, and from the size, shape and colour of its bill, could one also assume its is a juv.
    This, poor photo does show its size in relation to a juv. Herring Gull and its under-wing pattern:


Bee-eater

Chris has just told me that he has had a report of a Bee-eater which flew over Llanarth yesterday.  No further details, but perhaps we could keep our eyes peeled.

COLOUR-RINGED BLACK-HEADED GULL

   Thanks to Guy McCelland for the details of a Black-headed Gull he saw in New Quay harbour on 5th August while he was on holiday.  Z54K was ringed as a pullus  in June 2016 in the Czech Republic.