Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Pant Pond

 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.

David Price

Monday, 24 January 2022

Llanrhystud

 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.

Pont Einon, Cors Caron

 A walk out yesterday morning to the South end of Tregaron Bog to Pont Einon produced 150+ mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfare, 5 Snipe, 2 GS Woodpecker, 14 Teal, 40+ Wigeon, 7 Mute Swans,  2 Little Grebes and a single Lapwing.

Will Davies

Llyn Mynydd Gorddu

 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. 

Jerry Moore


Saturday, 22 January 2022

Maesllyn

 Just a short walk this evening up to Maesllyn Lake revealed 2 Bullfinches, 1 Blackcap. On Maesllyn Lake there were 4 Tufted Ducks, 8 Teal, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen and 60+ Wigeon.

Will Davies

More from Ynyslas

 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.

Yesterday afternoon on the flooded fields at Tan-y-bwlch: 2 water pipits, 72 teal and a male wigeon.
Hen Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Eider

Ewan Turner

Ynyslas

 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

Cwmtydu to New Quay

 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.

 Dave Taylor


Thursday, 20 January 2022

Rheidol Valley

 Chris Bird visited several waters today, finding little but small numbers of Teal until a run up the Rheidol  valley to the reservoir produced 10 Goosanders, 22 Teal and a fine male Goldeneye.

Marsh Harrier at Ynyslas

 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.


Merlin
1st winter male Eider

Martin Creasser