Thursday, 3 September 2015

Injured Hobby

Bit sad this morning, 3rd.  A hobby was being attacked by crows  about 300yards Tregaron side of LAS IN Lampeter.  Bird was at side of road but it was too dangerous to stop; presume hobby was hit by car? anybody travelling that way might keep  lookout.

 David Price.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Good flock of waders at Ynyslas this morning and due to a combination of the summer holidays being over and heavy showers there wasn't anybody there to disturb the birds. The bulk of the flock was made up of dunlin, ringed plovers and sanderling with a couple of turnstones and bar tailed godwits thrown in for good measure. 60+ knot were a real highlight. Over 400 sandwich terns were a fantastic sight, especially when a juv peregrine periodically put them all to flight. A pale phase Arctic Skua was terrorising terns and gulls in the mouth of the estuary. The only slight down side was receiving a text from HP informing me of the L-t Skua that he had just seen of New Quay.


Tony, Ina and I went for a walk around Ynys-hir this morning.  From Ynys Feurig hide we could see showers of rain moving up the estuary, but we managed to dodge most of it.
The most interesting birds we saw were about 45/50 Barnacle geese and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
This Heron posed, so I snapped
Bob Relph


Once again, 17 Turnstones at Castle Point, Aberystwyth this morning.

Raptor sightings

Marsh harrier sighted from Domen Las hide YnysHir at around 6pm on Saturday.  Possibly the same one that was filmed on Cors Dyfi by DOP?  Very chestnut plumage and yellow-gold head.

Indoors yesterday I was surprised to hear loud calls from a bird of prey, first thought was that someone had squeezed my RSPB toy peregrine!  Grabbed the bins and rushed to the window to see two peregrines flying low over the house towards Cwm Wyre.

Pleased to report that two of the original five pheasant chicks have survived thus far, adult tail feathers just appearing. 

from Kath Stevens

Long-tailed Skua at New Quay

A pretty quiet four hour seawatch from the fish factory was saved  by a superb adult Long-tailed Skua.
Kittiwakes, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets were present only in small numbers. A few Fulmars still coasting around, five Med Gulls on the sea and, passing by, seven Sandwich Terns, four Common Scoter and a Whimbrel.
Despite some threatening clouds, the rain held off.

Harry Pepper

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


A Hobby flew past me while driving along the main road from Rhydowen towards Cwmsychbant this afternoon - my first of the year, and very nice to see.


I had a long and enjoyable visit to Ynyslas this morning, despite quite a bit of disturbance, and I was the sole birdwatcher there!
At the Point wader numbers were building up, Sandwich Terns were gathering and there were a noteworthy 47 Kittewakes but all fled in a panic as a female Peregrine dashed about above them, sometimes skimming over the water, sometimes higher chasing individual waders. That went on for a while until she was joined by a noisy, screaming young Peregrine but eventually they both sped off.
The waders returned only to be immediately put up by a rampant dog whose owner is a regular there (shambolic looking, long white hair and whose dog regularly chases the birds).
All eventually settled down although terns did not come back for about an hour. In the end they totalled 225. Wader numbers were down on yesterday although the arrival of 51 Knot was a real highlight.
3 more dogs put up many birds, a canoe arrived and a couple got out, walked around a bit and retreated back to Aberdyfi and all came to an end when a couple walked out and around the Point and did not turn back until every remaining bird had fled.
National Nature Reserve or what?
(In Mike Bailey's day he did organise a staff member (Aline Denton who did an excellent job for a season or two) to advise members of the public of the need to avoid disturbing hundreds of resting migrating birds at this vital refuelling and rest point. There is not another such site anywhere near here. There is not even an explanatory noticeboard and visiting birders always comment on this whole issue, as they did yesterday and the day before. Now, the only time I see a staff member outside is to collect car park fees. Perhaps this may promote debate, once again!)
Some of the Knot:

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Today I walked from Llangrannog to Ynys Lochtyn & then up & around the MOD hill & back down the side of Lochtyn Hill to Llangrannog.

An amazing 24 (twenty four) Chough (on hillside fields of Lochtyn Hill) 
2 Wheatear, 15 Stonechats, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 3 Gannet, 1 Fulmar. (6 Fulmar were on a ledge at Ynys Lochtyn on Sat).

Sightings from yesterday (Monday) by Mark Ribbons, a birder from Banbury on holiday in this area.