Friday, 31 October 2014
Yesterday, the east coast around Scarborough was mist bound, light S.E. winds and rain. Classic conditions for grounded migrating birds. The coastal areas here were awash with birds, mainly redwings, thousands were flying through. Other species involved included robins, brambling, some blackbirds and ring ouzels, woodcock, many fielfares and starlings. Nice to hear redwings have reached beautiful Aber.
Over the last week or so my girlfriend and I have observed large numbers of Starlings (a few thousand?) coming in to roost in a row of pine trees between the North Road Clinic and rope maze in Aberystwyth. I thought perhaps this was just a pre-roost gathering but they definitely stay after dark and we watched separate smaller flocks coming in to join them as it got dark. Is this roost known? Is it a new roost or has there always been this secondary roost? Perhaps the traditional Pier roost is being abandoned for some reason, possibly the recent high winds? I've not yet been down to the front to see what the Pier roost is doing. Thoughts and ideas welcome!
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Three Greenland white-fronted geese (an adult and two juveniles) were feeding on the Breakwater fields this morning. Also three whooper swans on there, 350 teal and 17 shoveler. There were also 23 stock doves feeding in the sacrificial seed crop near the Breakwater hide.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
At long last, after much searching there were ten Greenland white-fronted geese feeding on Hen Hafod (part of RSPB Ynys-hir) this morning before they flew off onto the salt marsh. Also three black-tailed godwits on Breakwater fields RSPB Ynys-hir and 25 dark-bellied brent geese by the pill box on the Dyfi.