Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Can I be the first to report a Purple Sandpiper this year? There was one in the usual place about 5pm.

Also about 27 Turnstones and a Redshank on the rocks opposite the Old College.

The Starlings are back in some numbers now.


Cross Inn woods

The shrike was quite active this afternoon on the left side before the T junction. This is my first attempt at using an iPhone with my scope so please excuse the quality.

Award for local ornithologists…Chough study

Tony Cross and Adrienne Stratford have been honoured with the prestigious Marsh Award for Local Ornithology by the BTO. 
 One of just seven awards available you can hear all about this long term project into the Welsh population of Chough involving huge physical effort, dedication and application at the WOS conference on Nov 5th.

Well done and congratulations to both!

Redwing Highway

The skies above Tregaron turned into a Redwing highway this morning as hundreds and hundreds of Redwings flew over in loose flocks mostly in a south-westerly direction, but with some dropping down into the trees.

A visiting birder round Aber

Visiting Aber for a few days from Boston England. Early morning walk to harbour and back to prom :- Kingfisher in harbour and another with fish on rocks near Pier.(also one flew into a bush a few feet from us near the footbridge later in the Morning) 20 Turnstones just under pier and 1 Redshank in the sea a little further North.
 9am Seal swimming between shelter and Pier - in the Evening a crowd of about 50 people were enjoying quite a performance from - I presume-the same seal.
Went for walk along Nannygoats walk late Morning - about a dozen individual Song Thrushes between Spencer's Sheds and Rhydyfelin. At sheds there was a (F) Redstart, which was a big surprise, for a short time, and a (M) Stonechat. Several Mipits along the way and Robins Dunnocks Chaffinches Blue and Great Tits.
 Near Rhydyfelin had great views of 2 (M) Bullfinches and 1(F) Bullfinch and felt there were some we didn't see. Also 1 Goldcrest. Interestingly not one raptor seen during the long walk. Several Magpies and 2 Jays also.
 One sad comment - you have to have your wits about you trying to birdwatch and watch out for all the dog mess - I take it there is quite a large minority of irresponsible owners about and that the problem is not policed at all?  
Andrew Lewis

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


This afternoon: a Wheatear, 12 Goosanders, 15 Curlew and a Mandarin Duck on the river Ystwyth which eventually flew off with 3 Mallards


Little Egrets and more singing Redwings

Two little egret at Pant Pool this afternoon, and plenty of redwings singing around the village first time  I have  heard them in the autumn its normally in early spring when they start.
David Price

The Ynyshir Great White Egret

An update from Tom Kistruck on the Great White Egret on the pools in front of the visitor centre this morning, reported by Russell.
The bird later moved onto the estuary and was visible from the Marian Mawr hide at 11:00am.
Great White Egret.  Photo by Tom Kistruck

Cross Inn woods Shrike

This afternoon there was a Great Grey Shrike at its regular location on the right hand side just before you reach the T junction as you go through the woods from the Cross Inn to Bethania road. Whether it was just the afternoon sun but it seemed to be more pink than grey and I hadn't got an id guide with me. I will have to go back with my scope tomorrow. I see from Collins that there are variations depending on where they come from but thought/assumed that all those coming here came from Northern Europe (excubitor).

Singing Redwings

Redwing singing today outside the garden, must be spring. At least 35 years since I last heard in Wales. Also mistle thrush singing, and there are quite a few passing through with other thrushes. Lot of blackbirds and fieldfares as well. M thrush, blackbird and redwing feeding on yew berries in Eglwysfach churchyard, good views. White's thrush and ring ouzel proving elusive!!
 Roy Bamford

Along the old railway in Llanilar this morning were lots of Blackbirds and a few Redwings, one of which was singing by the car park near the vicarage lake.