Sunday, 21 September 2014

Coastal walk

A superb walk along the coast path between Aberaeron and New Quay today in fantastic weather the only thing that was missing were migrants - very quiet, especially when you see what's happening on the east of the country. The most interesting thing that I saw were the remains of a predated Manx Shearwater (wings and breast bone)on the car park just south of the harbour in Aberaeron. According to Bird Guides the G W Egret has been seen again today. Ian, thanks for your wader roost comment, which just about takes the biscuit!

Ynyslas today

Nothing exciting on this beautiful day, but obviously the Stonechats have had a good year : I counted 5 groups/families in the dunes. A large flock of circa 100 Starlings on the blackberry bushes, a few Linnets and a Buzzard worming on the golf course.

Peregrine on the way home in Cwmystwyth.


This morning there were 4 Red-throated Divers offshore at Ynyslas Turn car park.
Nearby there was a Black-tailed Godwit briefly at Glandwr plus 46 Wigeon. A huge Adder was warming itself in the early sunshine on the grassy embankment, just where I was about to sit.
By the Leri, a little upstream of the railway bridge were 3 Greenshanks and on the meadow by the path between the bridge and level crossing was a late Whinchat.
Walking along the Dyfi embankment upstream of the mouth of the Leri I watched a female Marsh Harrier soaring fairly low over the saltings with 2 Red Kites. They began to rise ever higher, often playfully interacting and were joined by a pale Buzzard. It was about the highest I have ever seen a soaring Marsh Harrier.

A light snack

I should like to have seen the Great White Egret on the Dyfi as I've never seen one before but frankly the "wafer roost" sounds a little insubstantial. I'm more of a flapjack kind of a guy myself. The Wood Sandpiper was still present at Cors Caron this morning. A Spotted Flycatcher was in the main car park.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

great white egret

There was a great white egret at the mouth of the Clettwr in the Dyfi this evening. The bird was seen at high tide feeding in the flooded channels. Two curlew sands were the highlight in the wafer roost.


Two peregrines hunting over the fields and woodland  between Bow Street and Comins Coch  this morning and late afternoon

Chiffchaff and Sawllows

Aberaeron Friday 19th

A Chiffchaff singing. 5 Swallows flying over, heading south-ish.

Ian Harrison

Friday, 19 September 2014


On the Tan-y-Bwlch side of the harbour at mole 2 Knots on the concrete ledge (on Wednesday).
Philip Ellis
(A late posting due to my being in France.)

Osprey over Cors Caron

I chose to walk the railway line today hoping to hear one of the yellow-browed warblers that have poured into Britain recently even reaching Bardsey, but it was very quiet and I had to amuse myself watching a moorhen feeding vigorously on the little pond by the hide on the Fflur.  After 30 minutes of that I was scanning the sky and admiring 8 mallard on a flyover when another shape flew into view, came towards me and hovered over the ponds: OSPREY!  Thinking better of contaminating its feathers   with weed and scum off it went to the south west.  Raggedy tail and not trailing tags or transmitter I think it was an adult.

Elsewhere in the UK (No but yes, it still is) there are late breeding attempts:  barn owls are having a bumper year (see Tony Cross' blog: Ruffled feathers) and John Lloyd our BTO man in Carmarthen has reported a singing Mistle Thrush carrying net material into a high tree!

Llanrhystud - Llanon - Llanrhystud Thursday

A very warm walk. Not so hot for migrants, however.

A couple of White Wagtails, two Tree Pipits, a Willow Warbler, a first winter Wheatear, a single Common Sandpiper (presumably the same bird that Ian M saw the previous day?). Plus a Stonechat,  Pied Wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipits, five Skylarks, various flocks of Linnets, the largest of which was 85 - all in all about 170, I reckon, slightly more than Ian M's large flock of 150. I also saw his Kingfisher - on the rocks at the lime kiln point.

Ian Harrison