Tuesday, 17 July 2018

quantity and quality

Substantial numbers of Mediterranean Gulls south of Llansantffraed this morning. 120 on the shore at the car park, a further 120 in the stubble behind and a brief stroll yielded 50 more a little further on = 290. They were very static so I drove to Llanrhystud in the hope of adding to this tally but scarcely a bird of any description. As I drove back towards the main road a small raptor was hunting along the hedge in a fast low flight, then sat on one of the new fence posts. I assumed it was a Sparrowhawk but it allowed me to pull right alongside-Kestrel. Amazingly close. We eyeballed each other for a while until I began to feel I was in the way and left him.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

TANYBWLCH

   Scant reward for a very early morning walk: 4 Mediterranean Gulls, including these 2, and a Common Gull.

 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Ynyslas/Ynys-hir yesterday

At Ynyslas about lunchtime there were a couple of gannets close in at the mouth of the estuary. Towards the point there were 19 sandwich terns and 5 med. gulls (four adults and one sub-adult.).

At the Ynyshir hide (at Ynyshir....)  a few purple hairstreak butterflies were whizzing around the treetops very fast and very erratically, and if you were lucky one would land for a while and you could see the underside of its wings.


There was also a flock of small birds including some juvenile siskins and willowchiffs, also treecreeper, nuthatch and a spotted flycatcher. A wood warbler was singing half-heartedly nearby

Jerry Moore

Friday, 13 July 2018

Tan y Bwlch

No birds save hawking hirundines, but a fine display in the bay by a pod of Dolphins numbering 12-15. I have to say that this is the first time we have caught them here after MANY years-Hooray-and well done Susan for spotting them.

Aberystwyth prom

A pleasant session this morning spent watching a feeding raft of ca60 Manx Shearwaters slowly working their way north, accompanied at times by a few Gannets and Kittiwakes, and even a couple of adult Med Gulls.
A few small parties of Common Scoter went through; 34 in total, the majority males.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Cors Caron

Green sandpiper on the flash yesterday morning.



This is the state of play at the sluice!

YNYS-HIR

   A very early morning visit to Marion Mawr produced a Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, some young Redshanks,  young Lapwings and at least 10 Snipe including a pair with 2 tiny chicks.
   A Common Sandpiper was infront of Domen Las and on the way home, there were 4 Common Sandpipers at the Clettwr.

Llansantffraed - Llanon

Mediterranean Gulls continue to arrive along the coast with 115 between Llansantffraed and Llanon this morning, the majority at the south end of the bay at Llanon.  Most were adults, with a few juveniles and 1st winters.  Also five Common Gulls.
The only wader was a Whimbrel at Llansantffraed.
Good to see so many Sand Martins around.

Yesterday there was a Sandwich Tern off Borth and later at Tanybwlch, three Choughs were feeding
in an area near a water trough which had been churned up by horses' hooves.
Apologies for yet another Med Gull photo.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

At the seaside

A first for me today. I never thought I'd go birding in Ceredigion in a pair of flipflops. At Llanrhystud, a flock of 19 Common Sandpipers was the most I've ever seen. On the shoreline south of Llansantffraed were 36 Mediterranean Gulls.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Penrhiwllan

It has been a poor year for swallows in and around the garden this year, just the odd 1 or 2, the 2nd year that our breeding pair have failed to appear. Yesterday late afternoon to our surprise we had a flock of 20 + swallows feeding low over the garden for a hour or so.

The garden breeding birds have had great success and I believe that the Siskin's may be now showing their second brood the sun flower heart feeder. 

Garden birds already breed include;
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Marsh tit (3 fledged), Chaffinch, Gold finch, Siskin (first year of breeding here), Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Possibly Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Jay, Nuthatch and Greater spotted woodpecker.

No signs of Wren's breeding, 2 regular nest site not used this year but birds still with in the garden. The same with Blackcaps and Bullfinches they are seen but no young birds todate.

We have had a Broad-bodied Chaser around the garden for a week or more (first time seen in the garden) along with the usual Damsel and Dragonflies.

On the Butterfly front we now have a lot of Coma's around the garden along with the usual Whites, meadow browns, Speckled woods, ringlet's, Small tortoiseshell's and Silver washed fritillary's.


Ian Burgess