Wednesday, 23 July 2014


This morning Bob and I reckoned there were around 4,000 Manxies close in at Upper Borth, plus a good number of Gannets.

Swifts in a tower

Red phoned to tell me he'd found 18 species of butterfly along the railway path at Llanilar so we hot-footed it there today and were distracted by finding 5 pairs of swifts on the attractive little church.  They put on quite a flying display (which I hope these pics indicate)  contorting themselves in order to approach very small slit gaps under the capping stones.  See pic 3 showing the tail completely spread!  None entered so I think it was a calling out display as they are now due to leave with their young for the skies of Africa after  c.52 days from egg to fledging.
 If the Church warden is reading this please put away the cement filler as these birds with their tiny, ineffective feet and small beaks will not be threatening the integrity of the building and anyway the cockerel wouldn't allow it.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Another great picture from Keith Roberts, taken at Ynys-hir today

Monday, 21 July 2014


Chris Bird counted 57 on College Rocks at Aberystwyth this evening. (Some were colour-ringed. Details to follow.)


The Ceredigion Bird Report 2013 is now available, price £9, from the following outlets:

Teifi Marshes (Cardigan Wildlife Centre) Visitor Centre.
Clive Continental Menswear (Mark) in Terrace Road, Aberystwyth.
RSPB Ynys-hir Visitor Centre.
As well as many fabulous photographs taken in Ceredigion and the Systemmatic List which gives accounts of all the bird seen in the County, there is a fascinating review of Marsh and Willow Tits and a report from the Teifi Ringing Group and accounts of the fortunes of some of the birds ringed in Ceredigion and found elsewhere and of birds  ringed elsewhere and found in our County, plus the usual tables of the dates of early and last summer and winter visitors.
The Report can also be obtained by post by sending a cheque for £9 + £1.17 postage payable to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales to me at: Pant Llidiart, Trisant, Aberystwyth SY23 4RQ


A Clouded Yellow butterfly was present this morning near the car park. A few Mediterranean Gulls about whilst my son and I were having a swim.

Re: Swifts

We've had parties of swifts screaming low around Bow Street too this weekend - I guess this year's youngsters have fledged now and are following the adults. Great - a real sound of summer!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cors Caron

On the lower part of the reserve this morning; single Common and Green Sandpipers and Snipe, plus a Marsh Tit.


There were up to 14 Swifts swooping around the back of our house yesterday evening, the most I've ever seen here.  Thanks to Tony Clarke we have two splendid nest boxes and I've been playing recordings of calls to them.  They have been coming very close and I'm sure they must have noticed the boxes.  Maybe next year a pair or two will take up residence.  In the meantime it's wonderful to have them around.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Painted Lady

I was surprised to see a Painted Lady butterfly as I walked the coast path from Aberystwyth to Llanon yesterday. It was very faded.