On Blaendolau playing fields today there were 82 Med Gulls, among which were 10 juveniles.
Friday, 19 July 2019
Spent an hour this morning. Pool below the hide was disappointing as no water, & thus no waders.12 pied wagtails, a reed bunting, 4 meadow pipits, 4 mallard and a grey heron were all I could find. The estuary was fairly quiet too , though a flock of 360 black headed gulls,120 oystercatcher, 61 curlew were nice. Other birds included 4 little egret, a bar-headed goose, and a flock of 120 starling. An impressive flock of 160 swifts were hunting very low over the saltmarsh. The only raptors were single red kite and buzzard.
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
I was interested to read John Davis's descriptions of manxie sightings off Borth.
On Monday last (15th July), I was returning from Dublin on the afternoon Stena ferry. From about half way across the Irish Sea, we passed through what seemed to be an endless stream of shearwaters heading south towards the tip of Llyn and Cardigan Bay. Numbers easily ran into the thousands. The 'conveyor belt' only seemed to stop when the ferry was a couple of miles west of South Stack.
Every year at this time we Ceredigion birders hope to find the huge flocks of manxies which occur in some years in Borth Bay.
Dave's email reminded me of a talk at a WOS conference which was illustrated with charts showing large numbers of manxies from Skomer using the northern and western Irish Sea for feeding, particularly the area between Dublin and Dundalk.