Notable Recent Sightings

22/01 Hawfinch Llyn Coed y Dinas. On the verge across the road from the car park at lunch time
21/01 Whooper Swan Nr Penybontfawr. 6 calling low over at 0845 heading upstream
31/12 Tree Sparrow Sarn. A least 2 in garden - one also present on 1st
29/12 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 3 (2M/1F),Water Rail, 10 Goosander (5M,5F), 32 Cormorant
29/12 Great White Egret Newtown. Present am, bottom of bypass (Welshpool side) in field near road
28/12 Blackcap Welshpool. Male feeding in private garden
28/12 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single this afternoon
10/12 Great Northern Diver Lake Vyrnwy. Off dam early morning, before circling high and disappearing
26/11 Long-eared Owl Near Llanerfyl. One hunting at night plus Short-eared Owl & 23 Woodcock.
15/11 Great White Egret Penstrowed. On River Severn OS ref SO068917
25/10 Great White Egret Aberhafesp. Present alongside Little Egret
14/09 Black Redstart Llansantffraid. Single in private garden from at least 1st Sept
17/08 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single in morning
06/08 Yellow Wagtail Abermule. On marshy farmland SW of Abermule
01/08 Black Redstart Lake Vyrnwy. Juvenile reported on red trail
27/07 Black Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Juvenile
26/07 Stone Curlew River Severn. Juvenile present from 25th to 26th is a new county record. Finder has requested confidentiality of site
03/07 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Single near Tower at 8.15am caught a fish.
19/06 Great White Egret Caersws. One on river at 3pm. Also 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Curlew. Breeding waders appear to have been washed out by the floods.
18/06 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. One over Bala Road area around lunchtime
30/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st summer plus 6 Shelduck, Oystercatcher chick
21/05 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. From the dam this morning heading up the lake
20/05 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Circled over behind the Hotel midday before drifting E/NE
10/05 Gadwall Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair & Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 3 Shelduck, female Wigeon
09/05 Black Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present at 9:45am
08/05 Black Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present all day plus brief Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper & nesting Cormorant
27/04 Cattle Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. A bird this afternoon is 2nd county record
17/04 Great Skua Machynlleth. One over, heading inland, is first in county since 1973.
17/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Single plus Cuckoo & Whinchat.
14/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Water Rail, Great C. Grebe, Shelduck & Hirundines
14/04 Black Redstart Middletown. Single this morning.
11/04 Black Redstart Carno. Male briefly this afternoon.
08/04 Brambling Llandyssil. 30+ visiting garden.
06/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Great C. Grebe, Red Kite, Tufted Duck, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Teal
04/04 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female still plus 32 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 female Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 150+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, House Martin.
15/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single showing today plus Goldeneye
09/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair Pochard, Goldeneye, pair Mandarin & Chiffchaff
07/03 Tree Sparrow Wern. 4 on garden feeders (present 6th-8th)
06/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. 2 present from 5th
03/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Two plus Goldeneye still
02/03 Chiffchaff Powis Castle. Singing bird
27/02 Tree Sparrow Llansantffraid. Single on garden feeders still
23/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present
22/02 Blackcap Guilsfield. Single male, also on 8th Feb
22/02 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 drakes & 2 Pochard, female Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 120 BHG
17/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, plus female Goldeneye
16/02 Tree Sparrow Llansantffraid. Single on garden feeders
15/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 distant plus 2 Oystercatcher
08/02 Hawfinch Machynlleth. 5 in yews at cemetery this pm
04/02 Hawfinch Machynlleth. 3 in yews at cemetery & 2 Barn Owl nr Sewage works at dusk
25/01 Brambling Llanidloes. Large flock still at at Pen-yr-allt Wood 300+ today
20/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college
20/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present still
18/01 Waxwing Newtown. Still 2 at at the college
17/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
17/01 Waxwing Newtown. Two at the college this afternoon
15/01 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. 60+ under beeches along road near Lakeside Hide
13/01 Brambling Llanidloes. 500-600 at Pen-yr-allt Wood most of week - best around SN956857
13/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
13/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
09/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
08/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
07/01 Brambling Llanidloes. 400+ at Peny-yr-allt Wood in beech near the little car park but mobile
06/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college from 5th
04/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female still plus a few Mandarin
04/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. Present plus male Blackcap
03/01 Blackcap Welshpool. Male at Buttington
03/01 Waxwing Llanidloes. 32 at bottom Bryn du Road 1.45 - 3pm, no sign since. Earlier, 40 reported Buttington Cross Welshpool mid morning but no sign afterwards
02/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 20+ in the park today
01/01 Lesser Sp. Woodpecker Powis Castle. One in the park this morning
30/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 14 in the gardens
28/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still plus 2 Peregrine, Wigeon, Shelduck
20/12 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 drake & female Goldeneye still
19/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female type still present
13/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female type present and Pintail reported this morning only
See Sightings Archive for older records

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Marsh Tit, Moel-y-Golfa

Marsh Tits seem scarce these days. They stopped visiting our garden feeder a few years ago, and those that remain appear to have retreated into woodlands. So I was pleased to see one today on Moel-y-Golfa, above Trewern village. Voice is often the best way to separate it from Willow Tit, but this one was silent. I identified it by a combination of features: lack of pale wing panel, glossy cap, smaller bib and on habitat, as Willows prefer wetter woodland. Marsh Tit is not a bird of marshes!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Chiffchaff - Montgomery

Chiffchaff are regularly showing up in the garden now Spring has sprung. Also, it is a welcome sight to see Red Kites so frequently flying around the area.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Llyn Coed-y-Dinas

As you probably all know, MWT have had to close all reserves. While securing the site yesterday, and standing at the gate, a female Hawfinch appeared briefly at the edge of the carpark.
So, only yards from the site where on was reported on 22nd January.
Meanwhile, today in the garden, a Blackcap sang briefly, and was not seen or heard again, so probably a migrant passing through.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Swallow in Carno, March 25

Barry Long reports our first SWALLOW on wires near Carno midday yesterday, March 25th. Also in our garden in Middletown, a BLACKCAP has returned on the same date.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Fieldfare and Redwing

The valley northwards from Talerddig rarely fails to have something of note, and the usual good numbers of Mistle Thrush were augmented by flocks of about 80 and then 12 Fieldfare. At dusk, arriving home in Welshpool, 12 Redwing dropped into the garden to roost in Rhodedendron cover.

Social Distancing in Mid-Wales.

No decent photos, but a great day at Clywedog where song-flighting Siskin were active, and Crossbills in evidence. Buzzards displaying everywhere, and no less than 4 Goshawk in view at one time, though distant.
On to Glaslyn, which was probably more crowded than Euston Station today. Several miles from anywhere it was great to see my erstwhile partner, Eryl, and Rita Selly at 2 metres distance. No sign of any Red Grouse, but Stonechat and Meadow Pipits marking territory. One less of the latter as a Merlin carried it off. (Very close to where you parked your car, Eryl, but you probably don't want to know that!)

Pwll Penarth.

Several Chiffchaff, 2 pair of LTT nest building, pair little grebe, Water Rail along path to reserve, 1 very vocal, very mobile and very invisible Cettis Warbler, plus plenty of common garden birds.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

At least half a dozen chiff chaffs around Pwll Penarth this morning. Good to hear them at last.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

...........and now for some good news

Amidst all the current doom, gloom and uncertainty, it has been good to have some pleasant surprises in the neighbourhood recently.
Last Friday I certainly wasn't expecting to see a stonechat on my walk around the Wern.

This morning, we watched a mistle thrush  in the garden, stripping sizeable pieces of lichen from our damson tree, and flying off with them, although unfortunately we didn't manage to see where it took them. It would be great if a pair were nesting in the garden, as they did several years ago.
Later today, on a walk around the local lanes, there were more treats. The first, a skylark singing, and a chiffchaff too. Then moments later, a kestrel flew overhead and away towards the Breidden.  Soon the characteristic song of a yellowhammer, which was so engrossed in its repertoire that it didn't leave its perch even as I stood directly beneath it.

From the same viewpoint, my attention was drawn to the field opposite by the  calls of lapwings - 16 in total. I could hardly believe it......................................

and then, to top it all, the unmistakeable 'curlee' call of the bird I'd love to have seen, but on this occasion only heard. 
But there's always tomorrow......................and as many of us are minimising our contact with other folk, it's good to know that we can still enjoy some fresh air, and that spring is here. Fortunately, the joys of the natural world  can lift our spirits and restore a bit of calm in these troubling times.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Curlew @ Newchapel

Monday 16th March 2020 16:00
2 Curlew flying towards the Severn from Newchapel, nr Llanidloes