Sunday, 18 March 2018


Chris tells me that a Brambling has joined the Chaffinches today at the feeders of a friend of his who lives between Llangwyryfon and the A485 Llanilar road.
An excellent sighting in view of their extreme scarcity this winter.

Displaced birds

We all saw how the severe weather recently was affecting our birds badly but even this mini beast was causing some disruption this morning. We walked up to Denmark Farm in the blizzard. A Stonechat was in the grassy fields that once formed the grounds of Deri Ormond House. 2 Snipe by the side of the lane in a ditch. At DF a small flock of Meadow Pipits were feeding right amongst the feet of the Highland cattle as they scuffed up the snow.

March field trip reminder

The March field trip will be next Saturday (24th) at Llanilar. Full
details are on the field trip section of the blog. Everyone is welcome
to attend our field trips.

Elaine Izett

A few recent sightings

On Friday I was pleased to hear greenfinches in the trees behind
Morrisons- I was litter picking at the time so I could not stop to see
how many there were. I know how much the numbers have fallen so it's
good to know that there are still some around in Aberystwyth. Later on
Friday during a walk in the Rheidol valley I found a pair of nuthatches
busy with making a nest, a grey wagtail, and a pair of goosanders.

On Saturday a walk down the Clettwr in the fierce wind produced a ring
tailed hen harrier flying low over the goose fields. Finally early this
morning a male reed bunting joined the chaffinches in the feeding area
at my house above Llyn Oerfa.

Elaine Izett

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Aberystwyth prom

During a short visit this morning I only found two Purple Sandpipers in the roost.  A Razorbill flew north and a Red-throated Diver was on the sea quite close in.
Then the biting easterly drove me away.

Urban nesting birds: a request

I've had a request from BBC Wales asking for any film of birds nesting in unusual spots in urban areas in Ceredigion, e.g. locations in gardens or houses..
This is for an English language wildlife television series featuring Iolo Williams so if anyone finds and films anything which may be suitable will you please let me know and I will pass on the details.
Who knows, you may find yourself on television with Iolo.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Borth - Ynyslas

No spring migrants in evidence today, but there were 54 Teal on the sea off Borth and at Ynyslas a male Shoveler with 264 Wigeon and 170 Golden Plover near the tern posts.

Chris Bird

Wheatear at Mwnt

Always nice to see the first Wheatear of the spring. One around the church at Mwnt this afternoon.
19 species were seen in an hour there including 2 Kestrels and Ravens.
A Red-throated Diver was close in under the cliffs but otherwise the sea was empty.
Stonechats have been scarce over the winter but today there were very vocal males everywhere. At least 7 around the Foel.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Garganey - Teifi Marsh

A report and video from a visitor to the Teifi Marsh of a Garganey at Mallard pond yesterday (Tuesday).
As far as I know it wasn't seen today but I will be having a look around the ponds in the morning.

Tanybwlch yesterday.

A grand day and the resident Chough showing off to our delight-great to meet Bob and delighted the Chough stayed for him.Also Rock Pip  , 4 Stonechats and a Redshank . Alas no Wheatear: where did you hide it John? On way home 200+ Redwings in Cwmystwyth fields .