Sunday, 5 April 2020


    Jim and Carole who live in my previous home at Trisant tell me that an Osprey flew over the cottage just after 4pm.
    I wonder if it was the unringed male that landed on the nest Cors Dyfi just after that time. (The female, Telyn, returned last Thursday but so far no sign of Monty.)

Furnace birds

Lock - in birds from the garden last few days - highlight was an osprey this afternoon. Great to have goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch and grey wagtail as breeding species. 2 stock doves and 2 Canada geese over yesterday. A kites nest site within a few hundred metres.  Only migrants to date (other than osprey) were 5 herring gulls today, and several chiffchaffs and blackcaps . Holly blues and several commas the butterfly highlights.

Cors Ian

A couple of vists to Cors Ian, just up the road from me.  Chiffchaffs are the only migrants so far, not surprisingly as the reserve is over 700 feet above sea level.
Highlight of this morning's visit was a Curlew, and last Wednesday a Kestrel.

More Swallows

My first swallows of the year flew over South Beach this morning, followed by a pair of chough.  Met a UK - ringed herring gull on my car.  I got a partial read on it if anyone recognises the code.  GV1436(7?).  Reported to EURING.

Naomi Davis

News from Salem

I have reluctantly had to conclude that the woodpecker I heard about a week ago was actually a great spotted.  There's no shortage of them round here.  While searching for it, I've had regular sightings of stock dove and heard them singing.
I found two kite nests without really trying and both now appear to be occupied with birds sitting on eggs.  As well as other common woodland and other species a small flock of about 15 Fieldfares was present on Friday. There seemed to have been a small arrival of Chiffchaffs overnight.

Jerry Moore

Swallows at Llanrhystud

I was very pleased to see my first swallows of the year yesterday on my daily walk,  - 3 of them flying north along the beach.  Also two male wheatears in the U fenced field.

Aline Denton


  My first Swallow this morning, flying north over the sea off Aberystwyth and seen from the lounge.
  Also, like yesterday early morning, a constant double figure counts of Gannets far offshore.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Hooded Crow, Penparcau

Not something I anticipated on my lock down list: a Hooded Crow flew from Llanbadarn across to Penparcau this morning. Perched on a couple of houses, then lost to view while I dashed for the scope. 

Friday, 3 April 2020


  23 Chough were on the same meadow at the base of the hill as before. In a nearby ditch were a pair of Teal.  A couple of intriguing sightings at this time of year.

Whilst you were sleeping....

A Barn Owl was at Gorrig earlier today, 4.30ish. Hope everybody is keeping well.