Early morning walk around Pencefen loop this morning produced 11 Kites, 4 Buzzards, 2 Ravens and male and female Bullfinch. Looking out to Penlan Fields there were circa. 30+ Greylag geese and 2 Little Egrets.
WeBS count produced usual small numbers of waterfowl, but highlights included a great white egret, 6 little egrets, 4 goldeneye, a goosander and 119 mallard. Single peregrine and a red kite. Again very small numbers of waders (redshank, oystercatchers and curlew.)
A Merlin hurtling overhead in pursuit of a party of Meadow Pipits on the outskirts of Penrhyncoch was a big surprise on my late afternoon dog walk. On the way back at dusk, a 15 minute watch at the edge of Allt Dderw, the woodland to the south of the Penrhyn road, was rewarded by 3 Woodcock flighting out to feed (about half an hour after sunset).
Flock of Long-tailed tits on the circular walk on Tregaron bog this evening, and just further along there was a Kingfisher. A Little Grebe and some Mute Swans visible from the hide. A little further along the walk there was a Male and Female Stonechat. Very quiet evening really.
Highlights of a walk along the old railway in Llanilar this morning were two pairs of Goosanders on the Ystwyth about a mile east of the village and my first Stock Dove of the year.
A little detour across the footbridge and looking to the north-east I could see a very large number of gulls settled a few fields away. Most of them appeared to be Hering Gulls but there were a couple of Black-headed in the air. I counted at least 900 but the fields were partially obscured by trees and hedgerows so there must have been well over a thousand.
A walk around the lanes south of Sarnau this morning, about 200 Golden Plover and 150 Lapwings in the fields opposite Pantygronw, very unsettled and kept moving from one field to another. 1 female Bullfinch, 9 Wood Pigeon and 3 Jays in the hedgerows along the lanes leading to Allt y cor
A brief detour to the prom after shopping this morning produced three Purple Sandpipers in the roost and a Red-throated Diver flying south. A Rock Pipit sang briefly on the castle.
Along Plas Crug Avenue the usual Blackbirds and Song Thrushes were joined by two Mistle Thrushes and a Redwing, and on the way home a small pond near Llanilar held a male Wigeon.
Fairly quiet last 2 days, though highlight for me was a superb male hen harrier yesterday. Today a great white egret on the Meirionnydd side, 2 little egrets, 140 lapwings (the most I've had here this winter so far), and 6 goldeneye and 3 goosanders. Tried for a short eared tonight but again no joy, though I had a probable Daubentons bat taking food from the surface of the Dyfi.