Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ynys-hir and Ynyslas

Very little to report from the Ynys-feurig hide at high tide this morning. There were around a hundred small waders moving on the saltings, but nothing dropped onto the pool. A male Red-breasted Merganser flew up the estuary and I heard a small group of Crossbills passing overhead on the way to the hide.
 A seawatch from the Ynyslas brickhouse proved to be a good decision as within a few minutes I had found two Puffins sat on the sea, the pair then flew and relanded next to some Guillemots (for a nice size comparison of the two species), before heading off north again. The heat haze made it difficult to to tell whether they landed again after that.
 The Ring-billed Gull and 2 Cattle Egrets were still on Ynys Tachwedd fields this morning.

Edward O'Connor

Puffin update

Birds have now flown North; may possibly have landed off the estuary mouth.

Puffins at Ynyslas

Edward has just texted me to say there are two Puffins off the brickhouse.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Upper Cwm Doethie

...which lies high in the hills above Tregaron is very beautiful but also rather inaccessible as many will know. This is both a joy and a curse. I walked to it this morning from Soar y Mynydd via a track I'd not taken before, past Nant LLwyd. (A very good path, well signed). Singing birds inc 16 Whinchats, 3 Yellowhammers and 9 Tree Pipits. Also 4 pairs of Stonechats and a pair of Cuckoos. A very hot, weary slog back from the hostel to the chapel with mostly just Pipits for mental distraction.

Penrhyncoch Lakes

A bit late reporting, -  but could be of interest to the 'Bird  Race' contestants - last Monday and also last week, a single Common Sandpiper on the shore of Pendam. A discussion with an angler who regularly fishes the Penrhyn lakes indicated that they were also being seen on the newly exposed stony shore of Blaenmelindwr since the lowering of the lake level. None seen on my visits . Also drew a blank on Syfydrin where until a couple of years back they regularly nested.

Around Ynyslas again

Some good high tides this week so I thought I'd try to catch the tail end of the spring wader migration.
Wader numbers up on yesterday, at 155 Dunlin, 45 Ringed Plover, 14 Sanderling and two Whimbrel, plus the Grey Plover. When I was at the point two Choughs flew north overhead.
Very quiet offshore, so I headed to Glandwr.  Usual warblers singing, including Cetti's though it remained unseen, of course.
Most unusual sight was three Cuckoos flying across the bog together, eventually landing in adjacent trees.
Sedge Warbler at Glandwr

Red-legged Partridge and aberrant Pied Flies

There was a red-legged partridge on the road between Penrhiwnewydd and Penrhyncoch, a couple of mornings ago.

Just as a follow-up to David Price's email, Bill Condry talks about a brown male pied fly in one of his books,but I'm afraid I can't remember which book.

Jerry Moore

When I got Jerry's email I had a look in my (very small) collection of Bill Condry's books and found the reference, and a photograph, in The Natural History of Wales, one of the excellent Collins New Naturalist series.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Aberaeron and Cross Inn Forest

Highlights of 30 species at Aberaeron included two singing Whitethroats, two pairs of Stonechat, Wheatear, numerous Linnets, Swallow, House Martin and Swift.
34 Species at Cross Inn included two singing Lesser Whitethroats in the second clearing, also three Whitethroats and two Wood Warblers.
Cuckoo heard in Cwm Wyre area and Tree and Meadow Pipits seen. A Lapwing was on a grassy area by the brackish pools with another flying and calling frantically as a pair of Red Kites appeared.  I've never recorded nesting Lapwing here; has anyone else?

Andy James

Aberrant Pied Flycatchers

Thank you Kev good photo, pretty close to my bird especially the reduced patch on the forehead my bird also very vocal. Surprised that no mention of aberrant birds in local literature(or none that I can find) especially as this is such an iconic species in Wales.

David Price.

Ceredigion Bird Race

This coming Bank Holiday Monday a small, intrepid band of birders (Edward O'Connor, Marc Hughes and me!) are going to have a crack at beating the record for the number of different birds seen in Ceredigion in a day. The current record stands at 118 species and to have any hope of topping this score we will need to catch up with a few 'tricky to see in Ceredigion birds'. So with this in mind I have a bit of an ask - do any of you out there know where we might be able to see some of the more challenging species that occur in the county such as Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, Marsh Tit, Yellowhammer, Spotted Flycatcher or any other difficult to see birds?

Thanks for your help and we will let you know how we get on.