Tuesday, 20 April 2021


The first bird I laid eyes on after arriving to llanrhystud this afternoon was a rather nice winter plumage Black-throated Diver heading north offshore, followed then by a summer plumaged Red-throated heading south. 15 White Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, 6 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, 20+ Whimbrels, 13 Curlews and a Common Sandpiper were seen from a walk between the carpark and the lime kilns. 

Tree Pipit in Cross Inn Forest

Tree Pipit

Had a lovely morning today at Cross Inn Forest. Along with lots of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs there were three singing Redstarts, a female Wheatear, several parties of Redpolls (5 in one group) that were very vocal in flight and while feeding high in the conifers, a flyover of 3 Crossbills and a fabulous Tree Pipit singing and parachuting from tree to tree just as I remember from 2 years ago.

Martin Creasser.

Heronries enquiry

 Do you know of a heronry in Ceredigion?

I'm wanting sightings of herons flying with sticks, herons flying at sunset, and active heronries.
One 5-nest heronry near Aberystwyth was irreparably damaged by storms over the winter so there's potential for a new heronry to pop up nearby!
Please email Naomi at cardiganshirebirds@gmail.com

Naomi Davis

Castle Point, Aberystwyth

 Castle point this morning: 4 whimbrel passed close by whilst calling and then headed out to sea, 1 white wagtail heading north, 7 common scoter, large numbers of Manx Shearwaters and around 10 gannets.


Ewan Turner

Ynys Lochtyn and Ynyslas brick-house

 On Saturday a flock of 29 chough were at Ynys Lochtyn and the pair of eider were still at the brick-house at 0830 and yesterday there were 3 bar-tailed godwit, 12 whimbrel and an arctic skua north (again from the brick-house).

Russell Jones

Monday, 19 April 2021

Llanrhystud this morning

 Highlights of a couple of hours before work at Llanrhystud this morning were calling Common Sandpiper, 20 Whimbrel heading north (6, 10 & 6), pair of Shelduck heading south, 3 White Wags and 3 Greenland Wheatears on the ploughed field between the carpark and lime kilns. 

Arfon Williams

Cors Caron

A walk on the Railway walk towards Llyn Maesllyn yesterday revealed 2 Goldcrest, 1 Willow tit, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a Single Wren. While on the lake there were 2 coot, 2 teal 3 Greylag geese and on the far shore there were 7 Lapwing. 

On the circular walk we revealed another 2 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 9 Willow warblers,  11 Meadow pipits, 5 Skylark and 2 Reed buntings and a Common Lizard on the boardwalk.

Will Davies


 Chris tells me that a friend of his who lives near Llyn Eiddwen heard a Cuckoo there on Saturday.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

More from Llanrhystud

 Very pleasant walk from Llanrhystud to Llansantffraed Point dominated by low-flying Sand Martins produce the following.   Seven White Wagtails, pair of Wheatears, three Swallows, 27 Whimbrel, two Ringed Plover, two Turnstones, 40 Linnets and the highlight of 50 plus Golden Plover in a whole range of plumages from adult winter to beautifully patterned summer.

Paul and Andrew Bennett

Llanrhystud beach

 Went  to Llansantfraed beach this morning following Andre's sighting yesterday of a summer plumage Bar-tailed Godwit. Fortunately I found a pair and one was indeed in full summer plumage. Stunning! Thanks again Andre. Initially the birds were very distant but then decided to fly closer to me where they spent five minutes before flying off north towards Llanrhystud. I later bumped into Andre and also Harry, who had seen them off the Lime Kilns.

Martin Creasser