Thursday, 28 May 2015

Black Guillemot - off Cardigan Island

One seen very well, but too quick for photos off Cardigan Island yesterday - Wednesday.
Tony & Leo Barber, & Chris Wanless whilst out on a boat trip with "A Bay to Remember"

Adult Long tailed Skua- Ynyslas

Patience was the key to a good bird during this short break in Ceredigion. A quiet day has been spent walking around Ynyslas, Borth and Cors Fachno. 2 Whimbrel, 20+ Sanderling, 100 Dunlin and 100 Ringed plover made up the wader numbers with a Common Sandpiper on the Leri. 2 Grasshopper Warblers, Snipe and Teal were on Cora Fachno. The whole area seemed quiet so before heading for home I decided on a seawatch from the Ynyslas turn car park. Gannets, Kittiwakes, Manx shearwaters were expected but a pristine adult Long tailed Skua lazying around offshore was a real bonus. Close enough to see the tail streamers, the bird landed on the sea for a while and was still present when I left mid afternoon.

Contributions to the blog

Since I took over responsibility for the blog, both Bob and I have been posting under the name Ceredigion Birds. I don't know why, that's just the way it is set up, so there may still be a little confusion at times.
Just to clarify matters, the previous posting, about Yellowhammers, was from me, so please send any info to me.
The same goes for anything else for publication on the blog. Please send to me as I think Bob has done more than his fair share over the years.
Of course, some you prefer to send your news to John, who remains happy to oblige.




I have had an email from Emma O'Regan who was driving between Blaenannerch and Llechryd last Thursday evening with her daughter when they came across a male Yellowhammer and were much taken with it.
She wonders if this is unusual and, as Yellowhammer is not a bird which features much on the blog, it would be interesting to know of any other recent sightings. Nothing too specific, please, as it is the breeding season, just the general area.

Another Aber seawatch

A stiff onshore wind, a little bit north of westerly, had me on the Castle at 7:00am.
Pretty quiet for the first 30 minutes or so, except for a few manxies and the odd Gannet, then numbers passing, almost all to the south, increased and this continued, so I stayed for a good two hours.
Final counts were:
Manx Shearwater 2355, Gannet 33, Kittiwake 35, Fulmar 3 and Guillemot 8, plus a few distant auks.
At one point, a Turnstone and a Sanderling flew in from the north and landed on College rocks. Later five Turnstones flew off the rocks and a passing Redshank completed the wader count.
Back down on the prom, I noticed a suspicious telescope poking out of a car window, and found John. We had each been watching the seabird passage, oblivious to the other person.

Harry Pepper

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Colour ringed Whimbrels and a few bits and bobs.

A very quiet couple of days along the Ceredigion coast. 5 Whimbrel last night at Llanrhystyd including three colour ringed birds from Tony Cross's scheme- (yellow and green darvics D36, D52 and D60)  presumably ringed at this site over the past few weeks. 
20+ Sanderling, 500+ Manxy, 100+ Kittiwake and a late Red throated Diver off Ynys las this morning followed by 2 Snipe and Teal at Glandyfi. Tregaron Bog held Cuckoo and Whinchat this afternoon along with some nice dragonfly and damselflies and a few lizards on the boardwalk. Here's hoping for tomorrow! 


This morning at Llanrhystud, near the lime kilns, there were 6 rather late Whimbrels. One had been colour-ringed and I managed to read the ring which had the letters and numbers. If I get feedback on this bird I will put it on the blog.

Later, beside the Leri and near the railway bridge, there was another Whimbrel.


An out of season BLACK REDSTART
Good views for a few minutes this morning of a male Black Redstart on our Penygraig, Aberystwyth roof.
Len Kersley     

Cors Caron and Cuckoos

Cors Caron & Cuckoo sightings (or rather 'hearings')
Two birds I have not encountered on Cors Caron before were a male Pied Flycatcher (last Friday) and two Common Whitethroat (yesterday). Curlew flying over and calling yesterday evening - one of the most eery yet beautiful sounds. On another note, someone was asking for cuckoo sightings on the Ceredigion Smallholders & Pets Facebook forum and many people replied. Here's a list of the locations mentioned for the record, in no particular order: Llanrhystud, Joppa, Talybont, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ponterwyd, Bwlchllan, Cors Caron, Llanllwni, Cilcennin, near Devil's Bridge, Cross Inn, Ystumtuen, Bronnant, Cwrtnewydd, Aberystwyth - near Bronglais, Ffair Rhos, Llandyfan, Llandeusant, Bethania, between Talsarn and Cilcennin, Tegryn, Trawscoed, Trisant, Trefenter, Clywedog and Llanon.


I have posted Silke's email in full as people may be interested in the wide range of locations where Cuckoos have been recorded. 
In fact, there are a couple of places on the list that I've never heard of, despite having lived in Ceredigion for nearly 26 years.
To the above we can add the recent sightings from Lis (Cwm Rheidol) and Andy (Cors Ian), and also  Ynyshir, both the main reserve and Foel Fawr across the valley.

  I visited Cors Ian earlier today, and the first two birds I heard on leaving the car were Curlew and Cuckoo, both of which I enjoyed good views of later.

Harry Pepper