Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Brent Geese

C.B. watched 23 far up the estuary this afternoon.

Mwnt Skuas

A seawatch at Mwnt was quiet too -
2 Bonxies, 1 Pomarine and 1 Arctic Skua
1 Leach's Petrel
A few small groups of Common Scoter
An unidentified duck, probably a Teal
1 Sandwich Tern
Continuous passage of Auks - we didn't count them but numbers seen fit with Bardsey Island's count of 14,544 Razorbill in 2 hours!
1 Red Throated Diver on the sea
Over the Foel -  1 Red Kite
(Wendy J and Chris Jones)


I couldn't see anything out to sea but a few birds were about inc. 370 Golden Plover, 5 Med Gulls, 2 Wheatears and a couple of Choughs.

Ynyslas turn

A quick sea-watch before work (8-8.45am) with 2 juv. arctic skuas north, 36 kittiwake north and a few divers, scoters and auks. A rather small and very orange juv. harrier flew south off-shore and came inland over the golf course. Despite legging it back to the car and scanning the golf course and Aberleri I could not find it again. Very frustrating and it made me rather late for work too!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Harry Pepper did rather well at a surprisingly dry New Quay this morning:
3 Arctic and 2 Great Skuas, 1 Little and 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, 30 Golden Plovers,  20+ Brent Geese,  55 Gannets and 113 Kittewakes.
Meanwhile I finally caught up with the female (or imm.m) Black Redstart on the Old College at Aberystwyth.

Monday, 20 October 2014


2 female Black Redstarts were seen by Brendan Sheils in Aberystwyth today: on one Morrison's roof and one near the cinema in Bath Street.
So, do we have 3 or one very mobile one?


Chris Bird had a prolonged view of an extremely late Little Tern at Ynyslas (possibly the latest ever in Ceredigion) this afternoon plus at least 18 Brent Geese.
 He also saw the female Black Redstart again on the Old College at Aberystwyth.

Sightings from Roy Bamford

Friday a pair of chough over the Foel and today about 35+ geese flew noisily and very high over Felin Y Cwm and down the valley heading for the estuary.
If the Greenland whitefronts haven't been seen yet I think they may be back now!
Assuming they were GW Fronts they were either just arriving from an easterly direction or maybe they had been feeding up on the hills/bogs like they once did?

Roy Bamford

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Chris Bird had a pleasant suprise on his feeders this afternoon. A nice male blackcap feeding on nuts, a late passage bird or perhaps it may overwinter!

Field Trip report.

Field trip to Broadwater

It was a very disappointing turn out of only three at Broad water this
morning. The weather was  dull and windy but we still had an enjoyable
walk. the birds seen were: cormorant, mute swan, mallard, wigeon, eider,
goosander, buzzard, curlew, dunlin, redshank, black-headed gull, herring
gull, lesser black-backed gull, meadow pipit, wren, dunnock, robin,
wheatear, stonechat, blackbird, magpie, chough, rook, carrion crow,
starling, chaffinch.

After we had left the weather cleared for a while and Dick saw more
birds - Canada goose, a flock of lapwing, more waders probably dunlin
and a very far off egret.

A very enjoyable outing.

Elaine Izett