The/ a drake Pochard was back on pant pond this afternoon with 3 female goldeneye 1little egret 5 coot small parties teal and mallard not counted also 10 little grebes.
Monday, 24 January 2022
A very slow start with scarcely a bird to see until I reached the headland. Regular waders/regular numbers inc leucistic Oystercatcher. Then, 2 Med Gulls, Merlin, 2 Red-throated Divers (one very close) and the 3 Whooper Swans were also present. As I looked back inland to the swans I could see a lot of Lapwings. Driving home I relocated them in a field on the edge of Llanon, beside the coast road, about 700 in total. Another 120 were at Ty Gwyn pools.
I visited Llyn Mynydd Gorddu today and found that wigeon had increased to about 53. There was a scattering of teal and mallard, and a pair of shoveler. I put up a snipe nearby. In the Cyneiniog valley, not far away, I put up three woodcock in a short pace of time.
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Highlights for me from Ynyslas today included a Marsh harrier seen flying over the field next to the Aberleri footbridge which headed off towards the estuary, it was soon followed by a ringtail hen harrier which was quartering the same field the Marsh harrier had just gone over! Others included a greenshank at the mouth of the Leri, 8 golden plovers, 5 knot, 5 pintails, a red-throated diver on the sea and finally towards the end of the day managed to see the 1st winter male eider at the point.
After noting five Purple Sandpipers in the Aberystwyth roost I continued to Borth, where there were three Shelducks on the sea near the toilet block, plus a Red-throated Diver off the golf clubhouse on the way back.
Then to Ynyslas for the high tide. Between the tern posts and the Leri mouth were 15 Grey Plovers, five Turnstones, a Knot and at least six Redshank, with four Pintail on the river. Then Ewan Turner came along and after a short stay continued towards the boatyard, as did Tom Kistruck a little later. Finally I was joined by John and Rose Woodruff. Shortly before I left we enjoyed a f/imm Marsh Harrier which flew down the Leri and continued up the Dyfi estuary.
Friday, 21 January 2022
Used the Cardi Bach to get to Cwmtydu this morning & walked back to New Quay. This very useful bus service may be axed if we don't make use of it!! Didn't have any binos but saw 1 kestrel 4 pairs of Choughs & hundreds of Auks on the ledges & flying close inshore below the lookout near New Quay.
Thursday, 20 January 2022
The weather at Ynyslas this morning was fantastic and the birds were not too bad either, they included: A female type Marsh Harrier, a Merlin on its favoured perch, the 1w Eider, 3 Dark-bellied and 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 91 Pintail counted and other smaller groups seen afterwards, a Great Egret, 15 Grey Plover accompanied by 3 Knot, a Greenshank, 4 Snipe and 3 Choughs .All sightings from the mouth of the Leri. Nice to see and chat to Bob Relph who joined me there for a while.
On a separate note I sent the ring details of the 2 Chough I saw at New Quay yesterday to Adrienne who has confirmed that they are two female siblings which fledged last year at a site in South Meirionnydd circa 56km to the north of where I saw them - very interesting.
|1st winter male Eider|