Sunday, 16 April 2017

Recent sightings

For the first time today (Saturday) there seemed to be a decent movement of Swallows. I estimated 432 per hour moving north along the coast at Llanrhystud. Also there were 7 Wheatears, 9 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin and 10+ White Wagtails. Along the coastal path between Aber and Llanrhystud there was a loose flock of 17 Chough. There were 2 Whimbrel on the beach at Ynyslas this morning and very little on the sea. I also heard my first Wood Warbler of the year at Cwm Clettwr today.

On Thursday there was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from a bush inside a back garden at Ynyslas. There were also 10 Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Pintail, 72 Shelduck, 4 Red Breasted Merg's, 2 Wheatears and a Cetti's Warbler at the pillbox.

On Tuesday a ringtail Hen Harrier came into roost at the north end of Borth bog and there were hundreds of Sand Martins over a small pool on the bog, as well as a singing Tree Pipit and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Edward O'Connor