I was out checking my kite nests yesterday as part of my role as a volunteer 'nest watcher' for the 'Welsh Kite Trust' and what a gloriously fine day it was again. I found a new nest and that's always exciting obviously I cant disclose the location but I was looking down onto the nest with my scope from a safe distance and the backdrop view I had was just phenomenal. There was a female sitting presumably incubating eggs. The nest was reported to me by the landowner and my experience is that they are only to happy nowadays to have kites nesting on their land. How different it was not so many decades ago! Of all my nests I hope this pair succeed as it may well open up a new window of opportunity for the Welsh Kite Trust in the future (don't you just love a touch of mystery and intrigue!). Of course leisurely ambling around the countryside in pursuit of kites allows me to watch other birds and yesterday I heard the song of the Blackcap for the first time this year as the black capped male pursued the brown capped female. I heard singing chiffchaffs and willow warblers too their song still very subdued (maybe the fairer sex ain't turned up yet so they are not wasting their energy!).
Today I joined some of our 'Cardie' birding friends and some Pembrokeshire folk and went on a boat trip from New Quay following the Ceredigion coast down to and around Cardigan Island. We were searching for the semi-resident bottlenose dolphins for which the bay is famous. The sea was a bit choppy so conditions were not ideal and we were a bit early in the season however we did get at least one bottlenose dolphin viewed from the quayside at New Quay. This is one of the best places to see them so if we get a fine day in the height of summer with calm seas then take yourself down to New Quay with your sarnies and a flask and spend some time just sitting on the wall of the quay wiling away the time and you might just see a dolphin or a porpoise and you can always dream that the outrageously gorgeous Kiera Knightly is sitting beside you (another cryptic clue!). We however used the services of Steve Hartley aboard his superb boat the 'Sulaire'. Steve is the proprietor of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre which is worth a visit in its own right. Anyway we saw lots of sea-birds. The auks and kittiwakes had taken up their tenancy of their square inch or two on the bird cliffs on New Quay head otherwise known as 'Birds Rock' and we saw gannets, auks, manx shearwater and red-throated divers offshore.
When I got home my wife told me that she had spoken to somebody today who swears that they had seen an Osprey perched on a telegraph pole at Cemmaes Road last week. Now this would have been around the time that there were 5 if not 6 ospreys reported in the Dyfi estuary. My wife has had information before from people with birding knowledge who have seen ospreys following the Dyfi upriver at Cemmaes or Cwm Llinau. Now I'm speculating that some ospreys use the Dyfi Valley on their migratory route to their northern breeding grounds. I'm sure many birds are missed following this route because people with the expertise in identifying them are so thin on the ground in this part of the County.