Friday, 9 December 2016

Pier Starlings -

As John said in his blog yesterday - there were thousands of starlings coming in to the Pier roost but no spectacular behaviour. A pity, as Iolo was there with a television crew filming for a new series on 'Urban Wildlife'. The film that I made I am sure will not compare with the epic shots which the bevy of cameramen present will no doubt have captured. Here however is an attempt at videoing the incoming birds in a short You Tube film.

Thursday, 8 December 2016


No Waxwings but a female Black Redstart on the Old College and the 8 Purple Sandpipers on the nearby prom wall. A handful of Gannets passed by.
Later the Starlings came in to the pier in huge numbers and many flocks arrived at a great height. A good show for Iolo Williams and his fim crew.


A short walk round the back of Morrisons produced a Fieldfare and a female Blackcap.

Field trip reminder

Come along on Saturday 10th for the last bird walk of 2016.  A pleasant stroll around Tanybwlch in prospect, 9.30 start.
Details on the Field Trips page.  All are welcome; the more the merrier.

Nice photo, John

Have a look at the fabulous photo of two Waxwings, taken by John Davis at Llysfaen.  It can be seen on the Birdguides Photo of the Week 30 Nov - 6 Dec section, and also on the We Bird North Wales blog.
Couldn't you have brought a few of them down here?

Monday, 5 December 2016

Velvet Scoters at Aberystwyth

Two flying north were the highlight of this morning's seawatch.  Also passing were nine Common Scoter, a Teal, two Red-throated Divers, two Great Crested Grebes and 27 Gannets.  A feeding party of ca 25 Kittiwakes remained throughout.
Six Purple Sandpipers on the wall when I left before high tide (eight on Saturday).
Still huge numbers of gulls around Ynyslas, though today most of them were well up the Dyfi estuary. with many more pouring in off the sea.
At the turn car park, an addition to the usual species was a Shoveler which landed on the sea, stayed for about ten minutes then flew off south.

Late reminder: Owen Williams woodcock expert

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales - WTSWW
On Monday 5th December Owen Williams from The Woodcock Network will be giving a talk for the North Ceredigion local group at 7pm in the Hugh Owen Building, Aberystwyth University. All welcome!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Ynyshir this afternoon

Bitterly cold east wind, not a lot about but had a couple of peregrine and a ringtail harrier from the hide on the rocky knoll.A noticably varied upper plumage on the harrier as it was below us, almost like a seowl. Also 2 snow geese heading rapidly westwards with that easterly tail wind for assistance. Quite an ordeal to be out there for long.
Roy Bamford


25 species this morning included Bullfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch, Red Kite, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Andy James

Saturday, 3 December 2016


It was almost Wigeonless early this morning so I turned my attention to the sea-ward side to watch the huge numbers of gulls, predominantly Herring Gulls along the shore near the point and at the sea-ward end of the north shore and offshore at feeding frenzies.
2 Gannets were present and later 53 came powering in from the south, almost all together. 55 in December is pretty good.
I then joined Russell back at the Leri side. A few more Wigeon but not the one we hoped for so I went off to the Clettwr for good views of a Dipper and a Water Pipit and a glimpse of a Jack Snipe which I managed not to stand on.