Notable Recent Sightings

19/06 Egyptian Goose 2 ads and 3 juvs at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, a first breeding record for Monts
05/03 Kittiwake Adult found dead in flood debris near Llandinam
02/02 Cattle Egret 1, with 18 Little Egrets at Dolydd Hafren
15/01 Brent Goose 1 imm at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, stayed to 27 Jan
20/11 Hawfinch 7 at Castle Caereinion Church, feeding on yew berries
07/11 Snow Bunting Hafren Forest. Also 1 on 3 Nov at Llyn Gwyddior, WSW of Llangadfan
03/11 Velvet Scoter Lake Vyrnwy, with Common Scoter
15/10 Cattle Egret Dolydd Hafren. Also 1 there on 14 Aug
04/10 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, 1 juv. Also 3 ads, Llyn Hir, 13 Oct; 2 Dolydd Hafren, 1 Nov
30/09 Jack Snipe Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, bouncing as it fed
31/07 Rose-coloured Starling Llandyssil, in private garden. A county first!
21/07 Marsh Harrier Cors Dyfi
25/06 Quail Singing male, Glaslyn; also 1 at Old Hall on 17 June
15/06 Hawfinch One male flew into a Guilsfield window and recovered
09/06 Long-eared Owl Fledgling photographed at Cors Dyfi - confirmed breeding. 3 juvs seen
06/06 Great Egret Dolydd Hafren, 2. 1 in breeding condition with black bill.
12/05 Whimbrel Dolydd Hafren. Also a Hobby.
06/04 Long-eared Owl Cors Dyfi: attacking Osprey at nest repeatedly, also 10 April
06/03 White Stork Llanidloes. From Sussex re-introduction project, ring no. GB35
05/03 Osprey Flying west to east over Welshpool
01/03 Hawfinch 1, seen well but briefly, Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, Welshpool
28/02 Ring Ouzel Old Churchstoke
22/02 Merlin Carno Windfarm
21/02 Great Egret 6 together on Caersws floods
14/02 Hawfinch 10 at Ceinws, nr. Machynlleth
13/02 Firecrest Crew Green, in private garden
19/12 Short-eared Owl Llyn Mawr. Up to 10 in early Dec.
22/10 Cetti's Warbler 1 singing, Pwll Penarth. Still there, 9 Nov
18/10 Great Egret 2, Llandinam Gravels, also on 25 Oct
15/10 Brambling Llanfyllin
13/10 Merlin Between Dolanog and Pont Llogel
12/10 Merlin female chasing 150 Redwings, Llandinam
08/10 Common Scoter 1 female type, Lake Vyrnwy
04/10 Merlin Short Cross, Long Mountain, nr. Welshpool
12/09 Cetti's Warbler Pwll Penarth, singing.
03/06 Hawfinch Machynlleth. Female feeding in private garden.
01/06 Nightingale at Dyfi Osprey Project, near Machynlleth
17/05 Hoopoe Caersws/Carno area. Same bird as on 15th?
15/05 Hoopoe near Clywedog
24/04 Marsh Harrier South of Llanfyllin. Over again at 8:13pm. Heading NW.
05/04 Marsh Harrier South of Llanfyllin. Female type, circled over garden 1pm, then headed NW-ish
29/03 Firecrest Ceinws, nr Machynlleth, photo'd in garden
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
See Sightings Archive for older records

Friday, August 19, 2022

Swifts and another Hobby.

 3 Swifts at midday heading south over Potter's Recycling, and a Hobby over Severn Street, Welshpool.

Thursday, August 18, 2022


 After seeing a Hobby overhead at Leominster this afternoon, another flew over in Churchstoke, definitely in Monts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Great Egret

 4 at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas this afternoon + 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron and 6 Cormorant. Not a good day to be a small fish!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Wheatear & Swifts.

 A new species for my garden list, -  if I'm honest it was over the fence in the field - a Wheatear was at the top of Red Bank, Welshpool, this morning. Juvenile Sparrowhawk took a Chaffinch at the feeder yesterday.

On Friday 29th July, a conservative estimate was 70 Swifts over the area of the Tourist I.C. at 9am, and Lottie recorded the same number the following day over High Street. 2 were over my house on the 7th August, but I have seen none since.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Snipe at Castle Caereinion

Reflections: thanks to Aneurin Lloyd for this Snipe portrait at a mini-reserve in Castle Caereinion. Last week it (or another Snipe) was on a lawn in the same village.

Thanks also to Ken Clarke, who reports an Osprey visiting Llyn Coed-y-Dinas on 7 August. It flew past a few times and disappeared, following the Severn downstream.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Flycatchers and Yellowhammers

A Pied Flycatcher yesterday (5 August) by the Gypsy Monument on top of Moel-y-Golfa - in the Breidden Hills near Middletown - was an unusually late record.  

I have received breeding records of Spotted Flycatcher recently from Dolforwyn Woods MWT Reserve (2 pairs) and from a garden in Sarn (2 pairs), as well as a presumed migrant at Dolydd Hafren on 5 August. Thanks to Tom Woodington, Paul Roughley, Rupert King and Will Ferguson for these reports.

The latest issue of the MWT magazine features a request for more information about the status of Yellowhammer in the county. As county recorder, I am trying to build up a clearer picture of areas in which Yellowhammers are flourishing, both as a breeding bird and overwintering. David Rowlands has let me know one area with 3-4 pairs throughout the summer: Welshpool Golf Course (on the appropriately named Y Golfa). Thanks David. Do send in more Yellowhammer hotspots to me, either on or a text to 07708-328987. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

The Ospreys on Dyfi

Not long now before they're off, so we popped up for a final view-pity they didn't want to pose within range , but there we are. We also saw 3 @ Clywedog , but they were even more distant! As per we are ever grateful to Emyr and Janine as they continue their splendid work and of course all the volunteers, especially Alwyn!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Redshank at L Cyd


Meurig Garbutt took this fine Redshank portrait yesterday at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, where the water level is very low and attractive to visiting waders. Thanks Meurig - it's not a common bird in the county. .

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Birds of prey at Dolydd Hafren

 In spite of the rain, it was a good morning for birds of prey at Dolydd Hafren today. As well as the Osprey that has been seen fairly regularly this summer, there were also appearances from a Hobby and a Goshawk. There was a fleeting glimpse of another raptor which was almost certainly a Sparrowhawk and of course there was at least one Common Buzzard present.

The Kingfishers are very busy at the moment as well, so there always seems to be something worth watching!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Two Grebes and Four Waders

 Many thanks to Meurig Garbutt for this fine set from Llyn Coed-y-Dinas on 15 July. In order they are Great Crested Grebe feeding young, adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Common and Green Sandpiper. It is good to see that the plovers have bred locally - probably not on the reserve but nearby on gravel by the River Severn. Water levels at the lake are very low: good conditions for wader-watching. Lapwings and Oystercatcher are also regular.