Notable Recent Sightings

26/02 Green Sandpiper Dolydd Hafren. 2 this pm plus 350+ Lapwing, 100+ Curlew, 100+ Fieldfare, 10+ Redwing, Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher (1 right leg ringed), Peregrine
26/02 Goldeneye Llyn Mawr. 1 female type.
25/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Evening. Please advise if seen since!
24/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present
22/02 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 6 present until 7.45am
21/02 Goshawk Cwm Biga. Male this morning & 100+ Siskin, 16+ Crossbill
20/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, in front of hide, pm
18/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present, evening c5.30pm is best time to see it
18/02 Little Egret Penybontfawr. Present at 9am
17/02 Short-eared Owl Glaslyn. Evening, plus 2 Kestrel and Red Grouse (heard)
17/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Showing well early pm
15/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Kingfisher
14/02 Whooper Swan Caersws. 11 with 4 Mute Swan today
13/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Visible from 11am plus 4 Goosander, 3 Shelduck
12/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Showing well late evening (until 5.43pm!)
12/02 Whooper Swan Caersws. c.20 reported on recent mornings in usual fields next to Red House Farm near Caersws
11/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus 2 Shelduck, 7 Common Snipe
09/02 Bittern Cors Dyfi. Trailcam image on facebook timed at 15:01 so confirming at least 2 birds in the county.
09/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. From 5.15pm plus Oystercatcher, Snipe, Reed Bunting
08/02 Little Egret Llanfyllin. Near car park on R. Cain
07/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Again from 2pm
06/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present again late pm
06/02 Lapwing Dolydd Hafren. 700+ this morning plus Green Sandpiper
04/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present early morning (8am) & late evening
03/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Again from 3.30pm today & 3+ Reed Bunting
02/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Again from 5pm in front of hide
01/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Showing well from 5pm in front of hide
31/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 6 briefly 8.30am, car park trees
30/01 Bittern Cors Dyfi. Pic taken by trail camera
24/01 Goosander Llyn Coed y Dinas. 3M & 2F plus 47 Greylag, 10 Snipe
24/01 Jack Snipe Llyn Hir. 1 with 13 Woodcock, 40 Snipe, 3 Golden Plover, 20 Lapwing
24/01 Red Grouse Glaslyn. 4 plus 3 Goldeneye
24/01 Whooper Swan Caersws. 12 plus 32 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper
24/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 15 plus Green Woodpecker
24/01 Tree Sparrow Lymore Estate. 15-20 in the field & hedge opposite cricket ground plus 4 Gadwall, 150 Wigeon
23/01 Little Egret Montgomery. 1 over at 8:10am heading towards Lymore
22/01 Tree Sparrow Lymore Park. 6+ in Linnet & Chaffinch flock
22/01 Barn Owl Pool Quay. On the A483 southbound layby fence, Pool Quay straight, 4:15am
20/01 Two-barred Crossbill Lake Vyrnwy. Male with 10 Common Crossbill on blue trail SJ01551843 at 15:10. Will be new County Record if accepted. Not seen 21/01.
20/01 Kestrel Welshpool. 3 at Red Bank 8:50am
18/01 Mandarin Lymore Pools. 2 on Lower Pool & 119 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall on Top Pool
18/01 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. A drake this morning plus 19 Snipe
15/01 Merlin Welshpool. Top of Red Bank mid morning plus 20 Redwing at Windmill Lane
08/01 Goldeneye Llyn Clywedog. 4 on the Afon Biga branch
06/01 Lapwing Llyn Coed y Dinas. 300+ present with 9 Goosander, Shelduck, Snipe, 6 Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk
04/01 Chiffchaff Newtown. 1 in private garden Treowen Estate this morning plus Bullfinch
03/01 Pied Wagtail Welshpool. 40+ Jehu Road 4.45pm, presumably coming in to roost nearby
31/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 9 this morning plus 4 Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, 25+ Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Marsh Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker
30/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 6 present (am) around the castle and 2 Peregrine over mid-day
29/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 4 briefly in tree tops by car park this morning plus Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Water Rail, Bullfinch, 50 Goldfinch, 2 Sparrowhawk
29/12 Woodcock The Flash, Welshpool. 1 and 5+ Water Rail
28/12 Merlin Dolfor. Near Barns Wood, half way between Dolfor & Kerry
27/12 Chiffchaff Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair present
21/12 Little Egret Penybontfawr. One on the Tanat (not seen on 22nd)
20/12 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Trewern. By railway line
20/12 Redshank Llyn Coed y Dinas. First reported on 19th and present at 12.30pm today
15/12 Whooper Swan Caersws. 5 in field opposite Caersws FC at 12.20pm & Little Egret at the bridge
12/12 Chiffchaff Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 plus 1 male Goosander (wellies necessary car park flooded)
12/12 Merlin Llyn Mawr. Female this morning
10/12 Water Rail Wern. Plus 2 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare and Barn Owl (9th)
09/12 Great White Egret River Dyfi nr Machynlleth. A pair reported this pm
08/12 Snipe Llyn Coed y Dinas. Count of 12 plus the drake Shoveler, Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, juvenile Peregrine, 17 Wigeon, 20+ Lapwing, 3 Cormorant
08/12 Fieldfare Burgess Croft. 40+ with 6 Song Thrush and 17 Blackbird
06/12 Blackcap Montgomery. 3 (2 male/1 fem) feeding on apple tree in private garden (and on 7th)
06/12 Chiffchaff Wern. 1 overwintering bird with Goldcrests this morning
01/12 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 present PM plus the drake Shoveler
See Sightings Archive for older records

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More deformed beaks

Mark Wilson has an update on his Blue Tit -

Image of a Blue Tit with both mandibles deformed taken yesterday in my garden - assumed when I took the pics was the bird I photographed on Boxing Day that had ‘further developed’ but looking at the two pics side by side am now not so sure.  Clear plumage differences, that could be down to moult I guess, but the differences in beak size and deformation are striking - would this amount of growth be feasible in two months? If not two birds showing such marked deformation in one location is a bit of a worry - reported to the BTO.

                                               A few shots from Tue's morning

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Water level has risen six or more inch's overnight. no sign of the Bittern  for the first hour until it popped out of some thick reed just before 10.00 am giving good views of the bird, due to the rising water which has forced it higher in the reed bed. Just hope the water level stops rising or it may be the water that forces the bird out.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hawfinch at Powys Castle;

6 Hawfinch seen early today 22/2/15. Flew off in direction of welshpool at 07:45.

Crossbill, Hafren Forest 21st Feb

A picture from Mark Wilson of a Crossbill in the Hafren Forest, one of a group of half a dozen he spent some time in close proximity to yesterday -

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LCYD 18th Feb

The Bittern was still to the right hand side of the hide but was fairly elusive between 3:30 and 4:15. Fantastic bird all the same.
11 Snipe probing around on the left and right side of the hide. Looking in fine shape.

Also making an appearance were a pair of Goosander, a lone Oystercatcher, 6 Wigeon, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and a female Reed Bunting coming into roost in the reedbed amongst the usual suspects.

Churchstoke Wildlife Pools

Visited the wildlife park on the 17th to carry out a belated Webs Count. Lots of ducks and geese on the main lake. 23 Wigeon feeding in amongst 25 Canada Geese, whilst a single Little Grebe was feeding on some small fish. Meadow Pipit, Grey and Pied Wagtail were rummaging amongst the feet of some llamas. 9 Lapwing rested in a flooded stubble field behind the lake. 3 Buzzard and a Red Kite scouted out the fields.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The LCYD Bittern

Wendy Vickers reports -

The Bittern was still at Llyn-coed y Dinas early afternoon and very active preening and even climbed the reeds...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bird Group talk in Welshpool on Wednesday Feb 18th

Just a reminder - rather belated I'm afraid - about the Bird Group talk this Wednesday, February 18th, at Welshpool Methodist Church, 7.30pm.
Claire Backshall, BTO Garden BirdWatch Ambassador, will speak on 'Why Garden Birdwatchers Matter: Domestic science with a difference! How a simple BTO  survey enables armchair birdwatchers to contribute to research that shapes nature conservation'.
Everyone is welcome to attend - not just MWT members!
Admission is only £2, and includes  refreshments! Hope to see you there - it should be a good evening.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Kerry Ridgeway (East)

Nice to see a few Skylark in the fields along with Starling and Fieldfare.  Plenty of Chaffinch and Goldfinch on the edge of the forest, dropping down to feed on the ground and the smaller disiduous trees.

Llyn Coed Y Dinas: Bittern still present (and hunting).  A Kingfisher also made an appearance around 15.30, perching on the reeds in front of the hide before flying off a few minutes later.