Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Re:moth

Thanks, Liz, and also to Edward O'Connor who also came up with the same identification.

Moth

Harry, its a Large Yellow Underwing: Noctua pronuba.  Large,strong and dramatic when it flicks its wings open to reveal ochre yellow hindwings edged with black.  Used to appear in moth traps in their hundreds but everyone is reporting very much smaller numbers in the last few years which is a pity as it makes a good snack for a nightjar!

Llanerchaeron

Birdsong in the air and youngsters everywhere at Llanerchaeron estate yesterday morning.Highlights of 33 species recorded included two Little Grebes (no sign of chicks), Moorhen, House Martin, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Family groups and juveniles seen were Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Swallow, House Sparrow and Chiffchaff.

Andy James

Monday, 27 June 2016

Mistle Thrushes

Chris had an early post-breeding flock of 18 Mistle Thrushes at Llyn Eiddwen today.

Moth i.d. wanted

Can anyone tell me what this moth is? I found it on my car on Queen's Road this morning.



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Youngsters at Ynyshir

Interesting sightings of some juvenile birds showing well at RSPB Ynyshir earlier this week namely juv Sedge Warbler, Redshank and Lapwing.



Brian Wiley

Some lovely shots from Brian.  Although I recently asked that people didn't send me photos for the blog because of my very slow broadband speed, I have eventually managed to publish the above, although it took a long time.
So, if anyone has any photographs, please continue to send them, and I'll try to put them on the blog.

OBLIGING WHITETHROAT

Singing for several minutes from an overhead wire at Ynyslas, this Common Whitethroat gave me a rather unusually  prolonged, clear view of this individual.

More on House Martins

Like Tony's nests, the regular House Martin pair under my front gable in Penrhyncoch has also failed this week. On Sunday and Monday the birds were making very frequent visits to the nest, leading me to assume the brood had hatched. By Tuesday evening almost all activity had stopped, although the adults were still roosting in the nest overnight. The nest itself was intact.

Then yesterday evening there were broken nest fragments on the windowsill under the nest. The entrance hole has been enlarged by something to three times its usual size. No sign of any broken eggshells or dead chicks. There a were a couple of Magpies loafing about on the roof tops earlier in the week so it's possible they could have been the culprits(?)

The adult Martins still came back to the nest at dusk last night and after a lot of flying about agitatedly, squeezed in to roost in the open nest cup.

Jackdaws

Andy James had an impressive 300+ Jackdaws circling over Aberaeron at around 10:00 last night.

My usual Saturday morning visit to Aber prom produced no waders and an almost empty sea, except for the odd manxie and Gannet and a minimum of 18 Kittiwakes.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Autumn

It's autumn - 5 whimbrel at Aberaeron!