Friday, 31 October 2014

A trip along the coast

At Aberaeron there were 5 adult Med gulls with 2 adults at Llanon and three at Llanrhystud. Also at Llanon a little egret flying north and at Llanrhystud an adult little gull on the beach.

Redwings

Yesterday, the east coast around Scarborough was mist bound, light S.E. winds and rain. Classic conditions for grounded migrating birds. The coastal areas here were awash with birds, mainly redwings, thousands were flying through. Other species involved included robins, brambling, some blackbirds and ring ouzels, woodcock, many fielfares and starlings. Nice to hear redwings have reached beautiful Aber.

Redwings

There was a steady stream of redwings passing over Aberaeron last night. Not that I could hear them but the others I was with could.

ABERYSTWYTH'S STARLINGS

Over the last week or so my girlfriend and I have observed large numbers of Starlings (a few thousand?) coming in to roost in a row of pine trees between the North Road Clinic and rope maze in Aberystwyth. I thought perhaps this was just a pre-roost gathering but they definitely stay after dark and we watched separate smaller flocks coming in to join them as it got dark. Is this roost known? Is it a new roost or has there always been this secondary roost? Perhaps the traditional Pier roost is being abandoned for some reason, possibly the recent high winds? I've not yet been down to the front to see what the Pier roost is doing. Thoughts and ideas welcome!
Mike Waller

Thursday, 30 October 2014

GREAT GREY SHRIKE


 
 

In Cross Inn forest early this morning.

Cors Caron

7 whoopers flew south down the bog after I saw the merlin yesterday and flew back north (to Cruglas ponds?) at 7.30 this morning.
After the usual wait a little grebe, 3 teal and a kingfisher turned up on the flash in front of the waiting room.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Merlin on Cors Caron

Late this afternoon a fine male Merlin was hunting adjacent fields east of the bog railway line.
The Harriers however didn't appear though I left before it was quite dark.
No Redwings or Fieldfares in residence yet.

PURPLE SANDPIPER

Helen Herbert saw probably the first Purple Sandpiper back at Aberystwyth this morning. It was on the prom wall by Castle Point.

RSPB Ynys-hir

Three Greenland white-fronted geese (an adult and two juveniles) were feeding on the Breakwater fields this morning. Also three whooper swans on there, 350 teal and 17 shoveler. There were also 23 stock doves feeding in the sacrificial seed crop near the Breakwater hide.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Greenland white-fronted geese at RSPB Ynys-hir

At long last, after much searching there were ten Greenland white-fronted geese feeding on Hen Hafod (part of RSPB Ynys-hir) this morning before they flew off onto the salt marsh. Also three black-tailed godwits on Breakwater fields RSPB Ynys-hir and 25 dark-bellied brent geese by the pill box on the Dyfi.