Friday, 28 April 2017

More Wheatears

Earlier this evening Chris had A count of 62 Wheatears in the field at Llanddeiniol.

Aber seawatches

Another couple of mornings spent seawatching from Castle Point have produced a few strange sightings. Yesterday a Canada Goose flew south, only to return north around the same time this morning. This morning a dark-phase Arctic Skua came in from the south, it slowly flew closer and closer to the shoreline and before long it was circling over Pen Dinas and drifting further inland. It then stopped circling and just flew directly inland, where I lost view of it somewhere down the Rheidol valley. Absolutely bizarre! I have also noticed that all my Arctic Skua sightings from the last week or so have all  been at 8.45am on the nose. It would be interesting to know why that is.

Edward O'Connor

The Arctic Skua that I had from the castle this morning was also a dark morph and went south at 8.10.

Wood Warbler

Just back from our walk along the wall having seen and heard my first Wood Warbler of the year.  I absolutely love 'em...

House Martin

We've all been wondering where the House Martins are.  I've just had one over the village, a week later than in previous years when the first appearance here has been on the 20th or 21st April.
Only my second of the spring, after one at Ynyslas on 13th.

Eiders

The seven Eider which were in the Dyfi estuary on Wednesday are currently off  Ynyslas turn, along with a Red-throated Diver in summer plumage.

Chris Bird

Ynys-hir

A short seawatch at Aberystwyth brought my first Arctic Skua, then it was off to Ynys-hir to meet up with Bob and John.
After a Common Sandpiper on the pool by the car park we headed to the Ynys Feurig hide for the high tide. Not a lot on the Breakwater fields, but just over the railway the tide brought up at least 50 Whimbrel with a few Curlews.  Five Bar-tailed Godwits flew upriver and out near the remains of the old hide were up to 21 Sandwich Terns.
Around five Wheatears worked their way along the railway.
Near Ynys Edwin on the way back we had fairly brief and distant views of a large, slow flying egret which could only have been the Great White which has been around. Then over the river an Osprey carrying a fish was being mobbed by three gulls. It  appeared unconcerned and continued to gain height as it passed overhead.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tregaron Bog

3 Common Sands, 4 Dunlin and my first Swift of the year on the Bog this evening.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wheatears galore

On the field near Llanddeiniol which Chris Bird has been watching recently, he counted an incredible 114 Wheatears today, the majority of them Greenland birds.

Aberystwyth seawatch

2 north bound Arctic Skuas (pale phase adult and dark phase juvenile) were the highlight of an otherwise uneventful 2 hour seawatch from Castle Point this morning.

Edward O'Connor
On this afternoon's walk on Foel Fawr I saw two Cuckoos whizzing around/chasing each other, I guess they were courting.  Yesterday at Ynyslas I didn't enjoy the cutting wind, but I did very much enjoy the birds.  At first I was concentrating on Gannets and Manxies way out, miles from the shore.  But as I was squinting through my scope at them I started to notice birds much closer, mostly Manxies.  And as I changed my area of concentration I found an Arctic Skua drifting past, very close to shore.
A lesson there I think - something to do with missing things right under your nose!