Thursday, 15 April 2021

Green Woodpecker

 A Green Woodpecker was calling today at Llangeitho, first here, but not heard again, maybe moving through

Martin Perry

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Ynyslas vismig

A rather slow vismig at the point this morning. Birds moving north included 689 Meadow Pipits, 9 Tree Pipits, 302 Linnets, 32 Siskin, 5 L. Redpoll, 88 Goldfinch, 4 of each House Martin and Whimbrel. Other birds included an Osprey fishing in the estuary, 25+ Sandwich Terns, 9 Whimbrel, 300 Manx Shearwater & 5 P-B Brents

Llanrhystud

Soon after arriving at the beach car park I spotted a familiar figure at the far end of the flooded field.  I headed down there and Mr Davis (for it was he) and I joined forces. John found a Common Sandpiper and I heard a Whimbrel.. Also on the beach were four Turnstones, a Whimbrel, a Curlew and a Redshank. Two more Whimbrel passed by unseen. as did at least one Sandwich Tern and a House Martin, both heard by John.  

Among the large numbers of Sand Martins around the cliff colonies (at least 25 in one flock), a few Swallows passed,  Offshore, a few Gannets and a Shelduck went south. As we approached the lime kilns on the way back, who should come along but Ian Morris.  A long chat later we continued on our way, passing 20 Ringed Plovers on the beach, which I managed to miss.

Back at the car park John and I decided to have a good look at the ploughed field by the approach road.  Between us we found a Lesser Black-backed, seven Common and a Med Gull, six Wheatears  (in addition to at least two by the flood earlier), and a White Wagtail.

Down Cors Fochno way

 I paid a fleeting visit to Cors Fochno car park this morning. There were four wheatear in a small flock with a couple of stonechat in the sheep fields on the way down from the road. Willow warblers and chiffchaff everywhere in the willow car. On the larger pond were a pair of gadwall. At Ynyslas there were a few sandwich terns on the saltmarsh posts - and a lengthy queue of visitors waiting to get on the sands. Must be summer.

Dave Thomas

Castle Point

 Castle point this morning:

30+ Manx Shearwater, 10 sandwich terns, around 20 gannets, bar-tailed godwit offshore heading NE, sanderling on the edge of the rocks bellow Castle point.
Penglais wood: Garden warbler 
Bar-tailed Godwit

Sanderling
Ewan Turner

WHIMBREL

A lone Whimbrel was on Castle Point Rocks at Aberystwyth early this morning.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron

 Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron this morning. Highlights of 53 bird species were Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Swallow, Goosander(×2 female on the top pool at Aberaeron), Common Redstart, Dipper, Stock Dove and GS Woodpecker.

Andy James

SEA-WATCH from the YNYSLAS BRICKHOUSE

On the sea just after high tide this morning were 61 Red-throated Divers and 48 Common Scoters. There were plenty of Gannets about and my first Sandwich Terns, at last.

Clarach

This morning; 2 Chough (one of which was ringed), 1 ringed plover, at least 20 gannets, 13 Manx Shearwater, 1 fulmar.

Also 2 sand martins over Constitution hill.


Ewan Turner


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Salem

A walk on Monday evening down to Salem where I saw about 20 stock doves. They were in two groups in conifers where they are still roosting communally. On the way down a peregrine was seen carrying prey.

On a walk down to Salem on Saturday there were two redstarts.

Jerry Moore