Sunday, 29 May 2016

Cross Inn Forest Nightjars

I arrived at cross inn forest at 5pm and waited for almost five hours for the possibility of seeing Nightjars, as I saw reports that they had been in the area around this time last year. At quarter to 10 I had just about had enough of being bitten by every insect in a 5 mile radius, and just as I turned to walk back to the car I heard a nightjar. I managed to get great views of two birds, that were flying around the clearings. But I believe I there to be at least four individuals overall, one of which I could hear from the car park. Two cuckoos were also seen just before dusk, at least 3 grasshopper warblers, a probable Goshawk, that I saw for a brief moment before it disappeared into the conifers, size suggested either a large female Sparrowhawk or a Goshawk and jizz suggested Goshawk, and a Tawny Owl. Possibly the best days birding I've had in a while.

Edward O'Connor 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Tanybwlch and Castle Point

This Goosander was resting by the ditch at Tanybwlch this morning and the Chough was one of two at the far end, along with two male and a female Wheatear and this Common Blue butterfly.
Nothing offshore until a party of ca18 Common Scoter flew north.
Back at the car park three Sandwich Terns were feeding off the stone jetty.
No waders on the rocks at Castle Point, though a party of seven Ringed Plover flew south.  Four Bottle-nosed Dolphins moved slowly south, two Canada Geese rested on the sea, and single Gannet, Fulmar and Razorbill passed by.

Med Gull in Dihewyd

In addition to the c60 Herring Gulls attending muck spreading on one of my BBS squares near Dihewid, a  Med Gull was an unusual addition to the list. 

Ian Harrison

Llyn Teifi

Friday, 27 May 2016


This handsome chap, (or perhaps gorgeous girl) spent some time watching me from that pech at Glandwr this morning.  Several Sedge Warblers and at least one Reed Warbler were singing, but not as lustily as a week ago, and a Cetti's Warbler let rip a couple of times but stayed out of sight.
Bob Relph

Cors Caron and other bits and pieces

There were at least three Common Whitethroat (2 males, 1 female) at Cors Caron on Wednesday night, near Maes Llyn, but no sign of them yesterday. Also a Mallard with 7 ducklings, a single Curlew in front of the 'bog hide' and Sedge Warblers around the ponds in front of the hide. As a side note, Cors Caron is increasingly turning into a dog toilet, I guess the improved weather draws more dog walkers there - maybe a dog poo bin would be a good idea to convince at least some people to dispose of the stuff properly? Also several Sedge Warblers defending their territories at the northern end of the railway line and a kingfisher by the second bridge. At Brynamlwg pond, several Greylag families with goslings and a moorhen. Also a quite disappointing visit to Grogwynion where I would have expected a large number of migrants but overall quiet, with the highlight being a Dipper. Has anyone else noticed a substantial number of finches succumbing to what I assume to be trichomoniasis? We had Chaffinches, Greenfinches, a Bullfinch, Redpolls, and Siskins showing symptoms despite good hygiene at the feeders (but of course they also feed in other places) and I noticed a fluffed up Siskin at Cross Inn forest as well as a fluffed up Redpoll at the Cors Caron feeders which also looked to be affected.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Tregaron boardwalk

After a productive but cold visit to Dinas we had a quick look at the boardwalk and there was a pair of Redpoll at the feeders.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


It was a chilly afternoon at Glandwr but my spirits were raised watching a noisy Whimbrel  circle overhead and then continue northwards.
Over Borth Bog were numerous Swifts, feeding really low, reflecting the unseasonal conditions. Nearby, a Cetti's Warbler could be heard.

Aberystwyth Prom

There are 7 Turnstones huddled on the sea wall in front of The Old College at the moment.  Perhaps they're pretending to be Purps!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Advice needed

Andy James has recently taken up digiscoping, without much success.
If anyone out there can give him any advice his mobile number is 07527 957178