Friday, 6 March 2015

curlews and harrier Cors Caron

From Pont Einon this afternoon Silke and I saw a ringtail Hen Harrier capture a starling in flight, one grab, no messing!
Later 15 curlew flew in to land on the riverbank, 2 little egrets were exploring the ditches and some teal and wigeon were on the river.
No sign of the lapwing on Ystrad Caron fields.

Grey Plover

Buster and me are just back from a walk at Glandwr.  Not much on the scrape there, four or five Mallard and c20 Teal, but on the Leri riverbank there were a few Curlew and 18 Grey Plover.

hide appeal

Apologies its not fog, the paste bit didn't work.  West Wales Wildlife Trust are urgently seeking donations to rebuild the Curlew Hide…..please visit the website for details.

Its only one hide and the marshes are well worth a visit despite this upset but of course they will need help with funding the re-build.


There were a few Bramblings this morning with a flock of Chaffinches in the Ystwyth valley, just downstream of Pontrhydygroes. We had some on our Norfolk trip but these were my first in Ceredigion this year.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ringed Shrike

The Cross Inn forest Shrike was ringed at Gibraltar Point Lincs last year.  Haven't had time to look in the Mig Atlas at previous ringing recoveries but its another spot on the maps to help piece together their  movements.
A quick response by the Mid Wales ringers led by Tony Cross retrieved this information on the retrap.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Chris noticed 11 Purple Sandpipers at Aberystwyth the other day and early this morning the 11 were present once again although I could only get nine of them in a single photo.

Llanddewi Brefi

The Bramblings that Karen spotted the other day were still about. I saw 3 near the smallholding with the LLama-thingy. On the gorsey slope near the quarry a male Yellowhammer was calling. No sight or sound of Green Woodpecker. Ideally, of course, I'd like to see one flying through the air with a weasel clinging to it's back. Did anyone else see that amazing photo on the news yesterday? I don't do photography. It was for real, wasn't it? Or is the home made wine stronger than I realised?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Ringed Shrike

Now some may think our local Ringing Group had targeted the Shrike at Cross Inn but I have it on good authority that isn't so.
It is however of great interest to know where it has come from so if it hangs around much longer it may with the necessary permissions in place be re-trapped.
The previous sightings of the Cross Inn shrike were good enough to show that it was unringed.
More details on the Ruffled Feathers Blogspot.

Monday, 2 March 2015


While I was away these two items were sent to me. The dreadful broadband I have to put up with has further delayed things. It is often impossible to get onto the blog, let alone transfer photos onto it.
Alun Hill reports that a Black Redstart spent the whole of February at Cwmtydu, often on the same house. His photo is below:
Brendan Shiels took these photos of a ringed Great Grey Shrike at Cross Inn Forest on Saturday:



A Great Skua flew south off Aberystwyth at  8:15 this morning, taking my mind off my freezing fingertips. Very quiet otherwise at sea, with just two Red-throated Divers and a Fulmar passing during the hour that I spent on the castle.
A good count of 11 Purple Sandpipers roosting on the wall.