Friday, 23 June 2017

Ceredigion Kestrels

Many thanks for the replies concerning the sighting of Kestrels in the county. Notable that records were of birds along the coast. As I mentioned in the original enquiry this now seems to be their preferred habitat but even so it would appear that numbers are down.
Please continue to report sightings.  Thanks.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Pendam lakes

Chris had run up to the Pendam lakes today and found a male Tufted Duck on Llyn Blaenmelindwr and 12 Canada Geese with four goslings on Syfydrin.

Dead shortie at Ynys Las

Forgot to post this: June 12th in the grass/dunes area Leri side of the carpark we found these remains (plus a skull being processed!).  Not sure how old: the body had been cleaned completely of meat but the feathers were in good condition.  Tail feathers have all their quills so may not have been predated just fell over with old age or disease?

Was a Short Eared Owl recorded for Ynys Las this year?  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Wallog Choughs

The Choughs at Wallog appear to have successfully raised at least 2 chicks if I interpret my picture correctly to show an adult and 2 juveniles. They were flying in a group of 4 but unfortunately none of my pictures show all 4 birds.

Storm Petrels - Mwnt

The first 5 Storm Petrels of the year were ringed at Mwnt last night.  All were new birds but the map shows locations of previous controls and recoveries of Storm Petrels captured at Mwnt since our study began in 2012.

A few observations from the Teifi yesterday:-
Monday at high tide, a nice adult Med Gull with 14 Black-headed Gulls opposite St. Dogmael's Quay.
Earlier in the day Wendy had a good mid June count of 22 Curlew, and c350 Canada Geese. Black-tailed Godwits now up to 3.

Teifi RG

Mostly Med Guls

A run down the coast to see if the summer build-up of Mediterranean Gulls had begun was rewarded with 17.  Originally on the point at Llansantffraed, they later flew onto the beach right in front of me at the car park near Plas Morfa, Llanon.
Mostly adults in breeding plumage, one of them had a green ring, which I was able to read:  ANZT.  This bird was ringed near Arnhem, Netherlands, in June 2013, seen near Ghent, Belgium in April 2015 and at Aberystwyth in August 2015 (per 2015 Ceredigion Bird Report)
A couple of waders seen from the beach car park at Llanrhystud.  A Redshank on the beach near the caravan site and a Bar-tailed Godwit. I could see a distant medium-large wader at Llansantffraed point and was about to set off in that direction when it took off and very obligingly flew north, right past me; barwit in winter plumage.
Adult summer Med Gull

ANZT on left

Monday, 19 June 2017

More Kestrels

For the record, male Kestrels seen Cwmtudu Tues 6 June and camera obscura, Aberystwyth Tues 13 June.

Ian Harrison
Further to Mike Hayward's recent blog regarding Kestrel figures, on 13 June 2017 on the Coastal Path on the cliffs between Clarach and Wallog, I came across a Kestrel that I believe is a juvenile/1st year bird, mainly due to its quite tame behaviour and its "untidy" plumage.  I was able to get quite close to it to take the photos attached. Just thought it might be of interest. Brian Wiley
(Kestrels bred successfully again on the cliffs at New Quay .JAD)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Today's field trip

Eight people turned out for the field trip at Pen Cwm and enjoyed a
beautiful walk in beautiful weather.
Our bird list was: cormorant, gannet, common scoter, herring gull,
buzzard, curlew, wood pigeon, swallow, rock pipit, grey wagtail, pied
wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, stonechat, blackbird, blackcap,
chiffchaff, whitethroat, garden warbler, goldcrest, great tit, blue
tit, magpie, jackdaw, crow, chough, linnet, and bullfinch.

The good weather had brought out a few butterflies and the list was:
speckled wood, small heath, common blue, ringlet, meadow brown and,
towards the end of our walk, two fritillary butterflies which we
decided must be dark green fritillary. We are grateful to Dai who was
our butterfly expert for this walk and helped us a lot but
unfortunately he had left by the time we saw the fritts. We also saw
silver Y moth and six spot burnet moth.

Elaine Izett

Kestrels in Ceredigion.

Interesting reports from Ian and Harry regarding Kestrel sightings around Aberaeron.  In order to assist with the decline in numbers of potential nesting sites, which may be a factor in limiting breeding success, the North Ceredigion section of the Wild Life Trust along with other concerned informal groups have installed nest boxes throughout the county. Of the 70 plus nest boxes that have been checked so far this season only 4 are occupied! Much lower than the  past few years.

To date this monitoring has only covered the inland sites - observations from along the coast indicate that even here there are fewer than in previous years.

The number of sightings being reported on this site are also well down. Clearly we have a situation requiring further investigation.