Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Garganey at Glandwr

Drake Garganey at Glandwr pool this morning and Snipe chipping nearby. 10 Redshank at high tide yesterday, and a ringtail harrier still around.

Mike Bailey

Dyfi estuary

Four Sandwich Terns on the posts at Ynyslas this morning and a Cetti's Warbler singing at Glandwr; same bushes as last year.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Casp info and Water Pipits

The X290 Caspian Gull was ringed last June at a colony at Grabendorfer See, Germany. Two other 1st winter Casps  from the same colony have been around London/Dungeness this winter.

There were two Water Pipits just below the weir on the clettwr this afternoon. Strange to see them perching in trees and on top of hedgerows.

Edward O'Connor


  No sign of the Caspian Gull for us at Llanrhystud this afternoon but Jill and I did see 3 Swallows,  possibly the ones seen by Andy earlier at Aberaeron.
   Later, there was a flock of 80 Linnets on overhead wires by the church at Llansantffraed.
   This morning we noticed 50 or so Fieldfares at Cwmystwyth.


Three Swallows over Aberaeron at lunchtime today.

Andy James

Ynys-hir and Borth

An excellent morning at Ynys-hir.  A Common Sandpiper on the visitor centre pools was a good start . Decided on the Ynys Feurig hide, picking up a Willow Warbler on the way.
Found Russell in the hide when I arrived, luckily as he had already staked out all the best birds (see his post).  After he left, a Peregrine scattered most of the waders and five Pintail flew upriver.
We joined up again for the Marian Mawr hide, where he found a Gadwall before leaving.
Then the first of at least 30 Sand Martins moved through, followed by my bird of the day, an Osprey way down the estuary, which slowly worked its way upriver, pausing to hover frequently.
Finished at Borth: 30 plus Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, a little feeding party of six Gannets and best of all, four Sandwich Terns.

Caspian Gull

The Caspian Gull was on Llanrhystud beach again this afternoon, at the water's edge about 300 yards to the north of the car park.

Tom's garganey

While checking the electric fence at Lodge Farm (part of RSPB Ynys-hir east of the Clettwr) Tom Kistruck flushed a male garganey from one of the ditches. Luckily I was close by taking soil samples and managed to get the scope on it when it flew with two teal onto one of the ditches. A cracking bird. Thanks Tom for the text!

RSPB Ynys-hir

A quick look from the Ynys Feurig hide this morning whilst carrying out a woodpecker survey revealed a little ringed plover feeding on the edge. Also there was a spotted redshank, 2 grey plover, 2 black-tailed godwit and a bar-tailed godwit. 22 Greenland white-fronted geese were feeding on Penrhyngerwin. Elsewhere there were 3 willow warblers singing, a Cetti's warbler singing near the Covert Du hide and two crossbills flew over.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A few migrants

A few nice bits and bobs on my walk today from Aber to Borth which may be of interest:

1 singing willow warbler in the coastal scrub north of Wallog
At least 12 chiffchaffs including 4 in the coastal scrub north of Wallog
5 wheatears (3 Clarach, 2 Wallog)
6 sand martins north in total
1 sandwich tern north nr Clarach

Also just 2 purple sandpipers seen College Rocks, and 1 common scoter on the sea south of Borth. Choughs in the usual areas biggest flock 4 birds

A good smattering of pied wagtails and meadow pipits but no large flocks

Andy Young