Thursday, 23 February 2017


My first Fulmar of the year flew south off Aberystwyth this morning.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Roy Bamford

Roy's burial will take place at a private gathering of family and close friends.
But on Saturday 25th February from 4:30 pm onwards all who knew Roy will be welcomed to attend a wake at the Iron Room in Eglwys Fach.

Bob Relph

Glaucous Gull

John you should have thrown it a bit of cake.
I twitched it about mid day, didn't even have to get out of the car so didn't get wet, unlike Sunday when I went to Trisant Lakes to look for the Ring-neck Duck. It rained all the time and I got soaked but I did get a picture of the Whooper swans using my ancient watercolour technology, as I walked down to Pwll Rhosrhydd I  flushed a group of 5 Snipe another year tick and in fact the first I've seen in 3years, the only other birds on the water were 7 Tufties and a fem Goldeneye.

Thank you Tom for the info about the gull.


  Indeed, Bob was right. When we arrived at the Cletwr Café car park it was just across the road enabling these digi-scoped shots of it feeding on worms, despite the awful weather.
   After coffee and cake the bird had gone.

The Tre'r-ddol Glaucous Gull

Bob tells me the bird is still present in the same field.


  I was only an acquaintance of Roy's but it makes me no less sad to hear of his death and especially for the family he leaves behind.
  My first meeting with Roy was on the Clettwr railway bridge in the days when no trains ran on Sundays and one could use it as a great viewpoint over that part of the Dyfi estuary.
  I gather he was a very good, all round naturalist. It was while working on monitoring breeding Lapwings at the Aberleri part of Cors Fochno that he came across the County's first and only Squacco Heron. That was back in June 2003 and it was thanks to Hywel's phone calls that several of us were able to see it during its brief stay.
  I feel that we have lost another good man.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nocturnal passage

Last night Chris Bird heard a light passage of Redwings moving north-east over Llangwyryfon, also three or four Curlews heading in the same direction around midnight.
Chris also had a good flock of around 130 Redwings in a nearby field this afternoon.

Glaucous G

Glaucous Gull in same field at 4pm today

Tom Kistruck

Glaucous Gull

I was on the way back from doing some work at Lodge farm yesterday afternoon and this first winter Glaucous gull was feeding in the field opposite the Cletwr café. The one used for car boot sales in the summer.

Tom Kistruck

Monday, 20 February 2017

Another Brent Geese Update

First of all I am very sorry to hear about the death of Roy Bamford - while I did not know him personally I always enjoyed reading his columns in the Cambrian News which were full of interesting observations and great knowledge. Regarding the Brent Geese, thanks to Graham at the Irish Brent Goose Research Group for a very speedy reply about the ringed Brent Geese at Ynyslas. It is really interesting to be able to follow the birds' movements. Both birds were ringed in May 2014 in Alftanes, a peninsula on the south-west coast of Iceland close to Reykjavik, which is an important stopover for migratory birds. 77WB was first re-sighted in November 2014 at Strangford Lough/Ringneill Bay in County Down in the east of Northern Ireland. From January 2015 onwards most sightings were of both birds together. In January 2015 they were at Donegal Bay/Mountcharles at the north-west coast of Ireland as part of a flock of 50 birds, then moved back to Iceland where they were seen in Alftanes in May 2015. In January and February 2016 they were back at Donegal Bay/Mountcharles as part of a flock of 39 birds, then again in Alftanes in April and May 2016. In September 2016, 77WB was seen at Strangford Lough again. Between November 2016 and January 2016 there where 3 sightings in Fouesnant/Cap Coz & Fouesnant/Anse de Saint-Laurent in Brittany, France. In November they were seen together with a juvenile bird. And from there they appear to have moved to the Welsh Coast. Graham will send more information at a later stage. For anyone interested: The correct way to read their ring numbers is to take the numbers from each leg ring starting with the right leg, followed by the colour of the rings again starting with the right leg. So the bird with the no. 7 rings would be 77WB, while the other bird is 69WB (it has lost its no. 9 ring on the left leg).