Saturday, 20 October 2018

Marsh Harrier and Whoopers

A smart male Marsh Harrier was hunting along the leri this morning and 2 Whooper Swans flew south over Ynys Tachwedd. 3 Greenfinches and a Brambling flew north. Yesterday there were 6 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel along the Leri.

Aberystwyth prom

Joined by Helen then John Val this morning.  Large numbers of distant auks still passing, mostly north, as ca 35 Black-headed Gulls, eight Gannets and a Red-throated Diver went south. Two Med Gulls on College rocks were joined by a Curlew.
Just before we left, the odd Meadow Pipit started to appear and then a flock of at least 15 dropped onto the rocks and beach.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Whinchat at Llanon

I enjoyed close views of a Whinchat in the fields to the south of the beach car park at Llanon this afternoon.

Scaup off Ynyslas

A female Scaup was feeding off the brickhouse with Common Scoter this afternoon. 26 Brambling, over 2000 Starlings, 120 Jackdaws and a few other bits and bobs flew over this morning

Eiders off Aberystwyth

Shortly after arriving on the prom this morning I saw a telescope poking out of a car window.  Bill Haines, a visiting birder from London, had found a little group of two immature/eclipse male Eider and two Teal on the sea, which he quickly put me on to. He had also had a Red-throated Diver.
Apart  from parties of distant auks passing, the only other real activity offshore was a southward passage of Black-headed Gulls, at least 65 during my time there.
We were joined by Helen, who saw three Dunlin fly in.  Other waders were eight each of Ringed Plover and Turnstone and a Redshank.
Other odds and ends: a Med Gull in off the sea and over the town, a Grey Seal off Castle Point and another Red-throated Diver (Helen).

Sunday field trip update

Karen has checked the route for this Sunday's walk and wellies are the order of the day because some of the paths are still pretty wet after the recent storm.

Elaine Izett


A Common Sandpiper was in the harbour at Aberystwyth this morning.


A Splendid male Hen Harrier in the sunshine yesterday morning,  hunting on the south side of Borth Bog right by the coast path near Abbo's shed at SN 622 898.
Dave Purdon

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Richard's Pipit

A really bad pic of a Richard's Pipit that was in the stubble fields at Llanon this evening. The Lapland Bunting was still present.

Pink-footed Goose

John and I had a run up to North Wales today and stopped at the Glandyfi layby on the way.  This Pink-footed Goose was just across the river (and so not in Ceredigion) but anyone visiting Ynys-hir could keep an eye open for it.