Saturday, 17 November 2018


If only the sun had been behind me:


There was over 20000 starling in 3 flocks fly north over us between 4 and 4.30 today.  I would have thought they were heading for the roost in the Talgarreg area. Also a Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the afternoon sun in the garden.

Ian Burgess


Most of the day till at least 1430  c1000 gulls on the banks of the Teifi above Pont Gogoyan, mainly black-headed with a few lesser and great black backs; very few immature birds, 
They were rather restless and when wheeling around at great height joined by kites, corvids, Buzzards, and pigeons suggesting that either the local Peregrine falcon female or the Goshawk female could be around. Also three female and one drake Goosander and a few wigeon.

David Price

Castle Point

A continuous light passage of mostly distant auks off Aberystwyth this morning; prob 200 plus and almost all going north, as were 16 Gannets, all adults, and 10 Common Scoter (plus 3 south).
Heading south were two Teal, a Great Northern Diver and three Red-throated Divers, with another two on the sea.
11 Ringed Plovers on the rocks at the point were joined for a short time by a Knot, with an even briefer visit from a Sanderling.

Stock Doves at Ynyslas

A nice flock of 38 Stock Doves was in the crop field at Ynys Tachwedd fields this morning. There were also around 100 Chaffinches, 20 Skylarks, 200 Lapwing and 300 Linnets there as well. A sea watch produced 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flying north.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Purp Sands etc.

Managed to spot a single Purp Sand on the wooden jetty today re 12:00 . Turnstones near the pier and finally ,  14:30 ,hundreds of Wigeon @ Ynyslas and 2 Little Egrets , plus 16 Curlews next the caravan park.

Twite at Ynyslas

A fantastic flock of at least 7 Twite (probably more) were at Ynyslas this morning, moving back and forth between the saltmarsh and bushes next to the track between the boatyard and the tern posts.

Vismig was very good with a nice movement of 1424 Fieldfares, 568 Redwings, 8161 Starlings, 105 Meadow Pipits, 341 Woodpigeons and small selection of finches. The Queen Eider was still in the mouth of the estuary.

Fieldfares (and a few Starlings and Redwings)

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Ynyslas this morning

The highlight of a vismig session near the point this morning was a cracking flock of five Lapland Buntings that flew south. 7777 Starlings, 11 Bramblings and 263 Woodpigeons flew south as well. Tomorrow is looking like a better day for it. The Queen Eider was sat on a sandbank in the mouth of the estuary. At Ynys Tachwedd fields there were 16 Stock Doves, 80+ Chaffinches, 300+ Linnets, 40 odd Skylarks and Reed Buntings and a similar numbers of waders that I saw there yesterday.

Ynys Feurig hide, Ynys-hir

Spent just over an hour at the hide this morning. On or over the pool were 120 teal, and 8 shoveler,  with a few wigeon, a red kite and a buzzard, 2 ravens,  3 skylarks, and  a single meadow pipit. 5 reed buntings on the edge of the raised bog, and 2 stonechats. Surrounding grazing marshes had a ring-tailed hen harrier, 2 red kites, and a single rook.

Dick Squires

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Llyn Syfydrin

Nothing on the other Pendam lakes today but on Llyn Syfydrin were three Whooper Swans, three Goldeneye and a pair of Tufted Ducks.
A single Mediterranean Gull was on College Rocks this evening.

Chris Bird