Sunday, 4 March 2018

Aberaeron North Beach yesterday

After the cold weather and snow, many birds were pushed out to lowland area. Plenty of golden plover on the beach along with oystercatcher, curlew, dunlin, turnstone, GBB gull, herring gull, BH gull, cormorant, carrion crow and rock pipit. The odd red kite was patrolling the beach and behind in the fields were curlew (12), redwing and song thrush. One curlew was ringed and I got a shot of it - C9 on a black ring, a silver ring and an orange ring. Tony Cross provided this info on it:

This bird was originally ringed at Aberaeron by Arfon Williams as a first-year male on 21st September 2009. It was then retrapped by me at Llanrhystud on 10th March 2016 and had colour-rings added. It was next seen by Paul Leafe near Caersws on 25th March 2017 (64 kms inland) and then caught back at Llanrhystud on 8th November 2017. Glad it has survived this weather, it should be thinking of heading back inland again soon.

Aberaeron has also seen a lot of lapwing which is unusual - they have been seen on Lampeter Road, on the hockey field and even on the Square Field in the centre of town.

Shane Jones