Thursday, 15 November 2018

Ynyslas this morning

The highlight of a vismig session near the point this morning was a cracking flock of five Lapland Buntings that flew south. 7777 Starlings, 11 Bramblings and 263 Woodpigeons flew south as well. Tomorrow is looking like a better day for it. The Queen Eider was sat on a sandbank in the mouth of the estuary. At Ynys Tachwedd fields there were 16 Stock Doves, 80+ Chaffinches, 300+ Linnets, 40 odd Skylarks and Reed Buntings and a similar numbers of waders that I saw there yesterday.

Ynys Feurig hide, Ynys-hir

Spent just over an hour at the hide this morning. On or over the pool were 120 teal, and 8 shoveler,  with a few wigeon, a red kite and a buzzard, 2 ravens,  3 skylarks, and  a single meadow pipit. 5 reed buntings on the edge of the raised bog, and 2 stonechats. Surrounding grazing marshes had a ring-tailed hen harrier, 2 red kites, and a single rook.

Dick Squires

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Llyn Syfydrin

Nothing on the other Pendam lakes today but on Llyn Syfydrin were three Whooper Swans, three Goldeneye and a pair of Tufted Ducks.
A single Mediterranean Gull was on College Rocks this evening.

Chris Bird


At the tern posts at Ynyslas this morning there were 5 Grey Plovers, 2 Turnstones, 40 Dunlin, c.300 Golden Plover and a few other things that I have now forgotten. Ynys Tachwedd fields had c.250 Lapwing, c.50 Curlews, 40 odd Redshank, 60 Skylarks, 300 Linnets and I'm sure there was other things in a flock of finches in flight over the crop field. There were two Black-tailed Godwits there the other day. Spent most of my free hour or so trying to read a ring off a Meadow Pipit near the brickhouse, got a couple of numbers mid sequence '14', bit of a shame really, as it was running around my feet at one point!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


The rising tide this morning brought 310 Golden Plover, 35 Dunlin, 12 Redshank and three Turnstones.  Just to the east of the Leri were two Greenshank which eventually flew off up the estuary.

Willow Tits

Two were calling together in a field adjacent to Long Wood that has for several years been left to revert to woodland. Later another was calling in similar habitat squeezed between the road and Teifi just a little downstream from the shop at Llanfair Clydogau.

Coming soon!

Monday, 12 November 2018

More from Chris B

Yesterday an adult male Hen Harrier hunted over the field near Llangwyryfon where all the waders have been seen recently.
The Portland St. Pied Wagtail roost held at least 130 birds this evening.

Chris Bird

Llanrhystud and Pendinas

Sunday, Llanrhystud shoreline: Lone purple sandpiper, turnstone, ripit, HG + BH gulls. On fields; linnet (too far to check for twite), mipits, starlings, and a merlin on the hunt (unsuccessful).

Monday, highlights from Pen Dinas: Pair of chough, single sparrowhawk, 3 bullfinch. On the wet fields: gulls (HG + BH), mipit, 13 oystercatcher, 7 curlew, 2 mallard and about 100 starlings.

Naomi Davis

Aberystwyth prom

There were two Kingfishers perched together on the rapidly disappearing College Rocks when I arrived this morning.
Four Purple Sandpipers in the roost (five on Saturday) and offshore were two Gannets and a southward bound Red-throated Diver.
Steve Wade came along and told me he had a fem/imm Black Redstart yesterday near the Penmorfa flats, North Road.  Nice to know there's at least one around: I had a good look on the castle and the Old College on Saturday and couldn't find a thing.