Friday, 30 October 2020

Driving around all day at work

 Sparrowhawk, Henllan. Tawny Owl, Rhydowen. 200 Golden Plovers, Talgarreg. Large numbers of Starlings heading towards the Talgarreg roost.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Sightings from Chris Bird

On his Sunday visit to his local lakes Chris found six Wigeon on Llyn Fanod and 15 Goosanders an Llyn Eiddwen. Also on Sunday, a high count of 115 Mediterranean Gulls on the slurry fields at Llangwyryfon.

Over the same fields Chris's neighbour John Gettings had a flock of at least 30 Snipe. 

Monday, 26 October 2020

Chiffchaff and Water Rail

 I went for a late Sunday afternoon walk along Cors Caron from the north end to the Fflur Hide and birds of note; a chiffchaff, 3 reed bunting, 2 snipe, a kestrel and 3 water rail from the hide (2 were together of which I got excellent views of after hearing them). 

André Marsh

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Wherefore art thou, egrets?

 A Black Redstart in Aberystwyth harbour this morning, on the rocks below the flats, before heading over the yachts towards the town. In a scene almost worthy of Shakespeare, John appeared on his balcony to hear my tidings.

Having missed the Capel Bangor egrets yesterday (but a House Martin there), I thought it worth checking the cow field at Tan-y-Bwlch. The only white things I could see were a White Wagtail and the rump of a Wheatear.

On the way back along the sea front, a Merlin south off castle point.


Spent an hour at the lay-bye this morning - highlight for me was a firecrest at close range in the scrub below, and possibly another heard calling nearby. Other birds:  4 swallows, 2 green sandpipers, and a single great white egret. 

Saturday, 24 October 2020

The Tregaron Eagle

Pic from 2013.

Apparently our eagle, found dead on August 6th near Abergwesyn, was suffering from Aspergillosis, a fungal infection which is common in nature but deadly in wild birds whose immune systems have been compromised by hunger or other natural events.

It was an awe inspiring sight in our skies and one can only hope that another makes a bid for freedom soon!


 Great White Egret still at Dol Gwartheg farm this morning thanks to a tip off from Ian Harrison last night. Year tick. 

Andy James

I had a good look around for the Cattle Egrets yesterday, but couldn't find them.

Jerry Moore

Pencefn Whooper Swans

 The 11 Whooper Swans were still on Pencefn pool above Penrhyncoch on Friday afternoon. 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Great Egret at Aberaeron

 A Great Egret being mobbed by a Buzzard in a field on the outskirts of Aberaeron this afternoon at 17.00. Visible from the railway track/cycle path.The Buzzard wasn't at all interested in the two Grey Herons feeding some 25 yards away - it was presumably spooked by this unusual large white bird.

Ian Harrison

The Llanrhystud Snow Bunting

Sheila Gettings has supplied these photos of the Snow Bunting 

On the same topic, Arfon managed to fit in a visit to Llanrhystud before lockdown and not only saw the Snow Bunting and the Russian White-fronted Goose, but also found around 500 Med Gulls roosting on the sea by the caravan park.