Sunday, 20 April 2014

YELLOWHAMMER

This rather lovely bird was near the centre of Ystumteun this morning.


ODD DUNLIN?

I assume that the bird on the prom wall with 9 Purple Sandpipers infront of the Old College at Aberystwyth this morning was a Dunlin, albeit looking a bit unusual.

Great! Spotted cuckoo in Cross Inn Woods

Sorry! I couldn't resist getting excited about seeing my first cuckoo of the year being mobbed by pipits this morning.

Saturday 19th April

Whilst on the river walk yesterday at Cors Caron, Tregaron, my partner and I saw 2 male and 1 female Whinchat's feeding amongst some meadow pipits.  We thought this may be of interest to you.
 
Michelle and Carl

Easter amble between Llanrhystyd and Llanon ploughed fields

An early morning walk from Llanrhystyd to south of Llanon produced 13 Whimbrel, 40 Golden Plover, 2 Turnstone,  20+ Dunlin, 4 Med Gulls, 50+ Common gull, 6 white wags, 5 Sandwich tern, 15+ Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and a singing Lesser Whitethroat. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Tregaron Waders

A lovely Little Ringed Plover was on the scrape in front of the hide this afternoon while a Whimbrel circled over thinking of landing.

Long tailed Duck - Ynyslas

An early morning stop at Ynys las turn car park revealed a summer drake Long tailed Duck, presumably the bird that has been seen on and off over the winter. 5 Red throated Diver, 40+ Commn Scoter and 5 Guillemot also offshore here. 
A steady passage of northward gulls produced an apparent 'white winger' amongst them. A 2nd year bird with gleaming underwings caused the heart to quicken, especially when it showed dusky primaries and a soft secondary bar! Could it be a Kumlein's Gull? The bird landed near the point and a quick dash after it and run through the dunes revealed it was still there.
Alarm bells rung when I saw the size of it- considerably larger than the accompanying herrings - almost GBBG size. It had a lovely pink based bill, however the primaries appeared a bit too dusky for my liking, especially as it flew. It continued on North.
I'm quite sure that it was a hybrid of some kind- probably a Glaucous x Herring type, generally known as a Nelson's Gull. Interesting bird and well worth looking out for. 
2 Whimbrel were at the point and a steady passage of hirundines all morning. 
A very poor iPhone scoped picture if the Long-tailed Duck .

Pasque hapus and all that jazz

The inaugural trip of Ladybirders.org has been and gone and what a fabulous experience. I would like to thank my guinea pigs, Lis Collison, Janet Atkinson and Dawn Davies for being so generous and enthusiastic in their praise. The trip was a success despite me having the flu and bronchitis, and included a visit to a local clinic which added to the authentic African experience (when I collapsed). Janet saw her target bird - grey kestrel, Dawn took over 500 photos, Lis was bowled over by pygmy kingfishers, and I added 8 more species to my Gambia list, including Verreux's eagle owl, African golden oriole and violet-backed starling - outstanding! 150 species for the week.

I am no working on the website ready for future trips which will start Nov 2014, so watch this space. The ladies only offer stands for now as it obviously fills an important specialist niche in The Gambia, but if you gents really want to go, then let me know.

The Gambia really is a special place - its wildlife, people and places. so good, I even picked myself up a husband (Saidou) while I was there. He's pretty special too.

Caroline de Carle-Lowe

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wheatears

An hour’s walk from the house produced 28 Wheatears (only 5 female), 10 Mipits, 4 pair Pied Wagtail, 3 singing skylark plus one feeding, 1 Swallow, pair of Curlew and pair of Lapwing, 3 singing Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler, a Greylag goose and a hare.

Back at home 3 Siskins and a Redpoll have just started coming to the nyger seed having been absent all winter, similar to Bob’s observations. A Goldcrest also in the garden.


Philip Ellis

Trickle of migrants and Kite spectacle

A long walk with Arfon from Llanrhystud to south of Llanon early morning produced an early Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat at the lime kilns. 6 Med Gulls, 12 White Wags, 20 Wheatear and a Little Egret were the best of the rest.
This afternoon at Nant yr Arian, as well as the 200+ Kites feeding spectacle, a Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and 2 Turfted Duck were on the lake.