Sunday, 18 February 2018

Field trips

Details of the March and April walks are now on the Field Trips section of the blog.

Ynyslas again

The high tide once again drew me to Ynyslas where the 11 pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding on the tideline near the tern posts. Nearby were 16 Sanderling and a single Grey Plover.
A Great Crested Grebe off Borth was in full breeding plumage.

Llyn Fanod and Llyn Eiddwen

An uneventful visit to his local lakes for Chris yesterday, with six (one male) Goosanders and 54 Lapwings at Llyn Fanod and two Goldeneye on Llyn Eiddwen.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Today's field trip: Rheidol gravel pits

The lay-by in the Rheidol Valley was filled to capacity as no fewer than 15 of us turned up for today's walk round the gravel pits, led by Red Liford.
On a spring-like morning Red demonstrated his keen ear for songs and calls and we eventually amassed a total of 40 species (Moira got 41, so I must have missed one).
Not a lot of wildfowl on the waters, highlights being three each of Coot and Goosander and two Little Grebes. We also enjoyed close views of a Treecreeper working its way up a trunk in typical fashion.
Some of the party were also lucky enough to see a couple of Woodcock, which flew across the river.

Total list, roughly in order of appearance:-
Robin, Woodpigeon, Mistle Thrush, Red Kite, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Starling, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Magpie, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Coot, Moorhen, House Sparrow, Goldcrest, Mallard, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Coal Tit, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Goosander, Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Jackdaw, Canada Goose, Woodcock, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Today at Ynys-hir

Another fantastic day at Ynys-hir. Between getting out of the car and walking into the visitor centre I had excellent views of a lesser-spotted woodpecker drumming in the car park and a goshawk soaring overhead! On the reserve the water pipit is still around at Ynys-Edwin and a Cetti’s warbler was heard near Ynys-Feurig.

Dave Anning


There weren't many birds around at high tide at Ynyslas this morning,but it was good to get out without being soaked, frozen or blown over.
Four Grey Plover showed well, and a Merlin was on a fence post on Ynys Tachwedd fields.
Earlier there were five Purple Sandpipers in the Aberystwyth roost (nine yesterday, when also 25 Turnstones near the point).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Drive by Glauc

On my way to Aber yesterday morning to attend yet another Brexit 'what does it all mean' meeting I passed a field of slurry munching gulls just to the north of Llanrhystud by the turning to Llandeiniol. The gull nearest the road was a very large, pale 1st W Glaucous Gull. Might be worth checking the Llanrhystud gulls over the next few days!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


A flock in excess of 600 golden plover on the fields adjacent to the school in Brynhoffnant at lunchtime today, all looking resplendent in the sunshine! The starling exodus this morning was more diffuse than normal. Still the massive numbers but taking more dispersed flight paths with the birds being severely buffeted by the gusty winds. Two red kites performing what looked like a food pass over the fields behind the house, being buzzed by a nuisance of two crows and a gaggle of magpies. A flock of 15 long tailed tits on the fat ball outside our window this morning, unbelievably all at the same time! The numbers of small passerines in evidence around the feeders is noticeably higher, hopefully evidence of a good breeding year last year. Haven’t yet got over to Deinol Farm so can’t add anything to Ian’s recent post regarding finch flocks.
Roger Watkins


Ferwig Goldies

A minimum of 600 Golden Plover in four or five flocks swirling about over the fields each side of the minor road from Cardigan to Mwnt near Ferwig this morning, SN1848.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


The Hawfinch flock at Wenallt has doubled in size. There were two birds in the line of Hornbeams there today.