Monday, 23 January 2017

Diver from the rocks

I was at the point near Castle Rocks this morning and counted 15 Ringed Plover. I was talking to Richard Green, a birder and photographer from South Wales. As we chatted I spotted a Diver flying south way out to sea. Richard managed to snap it with his 600mm lens and sent me a text this afternoon to confirm it as a Great Northern Diver,

Llyn Fanod

Chris made his usual Sunday afternoon visit to his local lakes yesterday and found a pair of Shoveler on Llyn Fanod.  There were also 15 Wigeon, 10 Mallard and eight Goosander
Over on Llyn Eiddwen the three Goldeneye were still present.

Aberystwyth, Cwm Rheidol and the Cletwr

The Glaucous Gull was in the college rocks roost again this evening, what a massive bird that is. Also in the roost was a ringed adult Common Gull with green right leg (began with J, but impossible to read the rest) and metal left leg. The 3H47 adult Med Gull was also there, I believe this is a bird that has been a regular to Aber for many years now. Also the Black Redstart was still on the old college. 
A trip to the cwm rheidol reservoir yesterday produced a very pale Buzzard, 15 Teal, a Tufted Duck, a male Goosander, and a Cormorant.

3 Shoveler, a Hen Harrier and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were around the Clettwr.

Edward O'Connor

The Med Gull White 3H47 was ringed as a chick near Antwerp, Belgium on 10th June 2006 and has been seen at Aberystwyth several times since. as Edward says.

Greylag Geese at Llyn Eiddwen

This afternoon approx 60 geese grazing at south end of the lake. I didn't have enough telescope power to be positive, but guess these were the greylags from an earlier post. Definitely did include a pair very pale verging on white which I assume were Leucistic. Can anybody tell me how unusual these are.

John Pocklington

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Aberystwyth this afternoon

This afternoon I counted 20 turnstone and 17 ringed plover on College Rocks, and a female Black Redstart showed very nicely above the main door of the Old College.

Bob Relph


 Guess turnstone and purp sandpipers might be regular at Borth from now on.
Yesterday Sat had about 450 golden plover on the field near the caravan site at Ynys las and a couple of hundred lapwing on Leri fields with at least 5 snipe.... not often that I pick out snipe on the ground. Today about 30 rotund wood pigeon on the Foel, presumably taking acorns?

Roy Bamford   

Siskin in Eglwys Fach

This morning before I filled the feeders on my balcony I counted 39 siskin, (at least 39) waiting patiently in a single tree at the back of our house.
Bob Relph

Saturday, 21 January 2017


Thanks to Chris here is the 1st winter Glaucous Gull on College Rocks, Aberystwyth, late afternoon:

Hinterland sightings

Seventy greylags flew into Llyn Eiddwen this afternoon. Once again, missed the turning back to Cross Inn and went through Blaenpennal, at which point decided to go on to Tregaron. From the bridge, there were nine grey herons saving their energy, two little egrets, nine teal, two adult mute swans and two juveniles and a jay.  Tonight, coincidentally goose (from Evans Talybont via Lampeter butcher) for supper.

Glaucous Gull at Aberystwyth

Chris has just rung me to say that he is watching a 1st w Glaucous Gull on the rocks at Aberystwyth.