Sunday, 10 October 2021

A big day

 Yesterday me and a small team from our newly formed Aberystwyth University Ornithological Society took part in Global Birding’s Global Big Day. We managed to see a total of 86 species in the north of the county.

Some of the highlights:

Early morning, whilst still dark in Aberystwyth, I heard the call of a redwing overhead. At Ynyslas - Jack snipe, 73 golden plover, 10+ dunlin, 1 knot, a number of Alba wagtails moving overhead and a juv kittiwake flying down the estuary towards the sea. Whilst walking along the Leri we heard 2 water rail calling, a Cetti’s warbler and juvenile Marsh harrier was flying over the reeds close to the golf course. A short seawatch from borth produced a few auks, common scoters and a close in red-throated diver. And finally Ynys-hir added 3 black-tailed godwit, 103 barnacle geese, a peregrine and great egret to the day list. 

Red-throated Diver

Ewan Turner