Notable Recent Sightings

18/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Long staying bird still & 6 Shelduck
15/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Long staying bird still & 2 pair Shelduck, 4 Reed Warbler
10/05 Spotted Flycatcher Powis Castle. One in car park 1pm
09/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st summer still present and 30+ House Martin
06/05 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. One briefly (pm)
05/05 Goldeneye Llanerfyl area. Drake at a private site plus Whinchat
04/05 Swift Llyn Coed y Dinas. 20+ at 8am but no sign of Garganey
03/05 Garganey Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake present still at 12.30pm along left side bank
02/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. The 1st summer bird again
01/05 Spotted Flycatcher Lake Vyrnwy. One today plus Garden Warbler
30/04 Little Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult again at lunchtime plus 1st summer Mediterranean Gull
29/04 Little Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult present this afternoon
28/04 Lesser Whitethroat Pontrobert. One plus Garden Warbler
26/04 Reed Warbler Llyn Coed y Dinas. One plus Whitethroat
26/04 Garganey Dolydd Hafren. Pair in front of 1st hide apparently present since 21st. Can be elusive. Also 2 Whimbrel, 2 Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Whinchat, 4 Swift, Sedge & Reed Warblers. 87 species seen there this morning
23/04 Whitethroat Middletown Hill. First reported this year
22/04 Garden Warbler Nr Welshpool. First reported this year
22/04 Wood Warbler Lake Vyrnwy. 1st singing male of year plus belated news of a Whinchat on 19th
20/04 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Breidden Hill. On way up to Rodneys Pillar plus Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit excavating nest hole, Crossbill (ad & juv), Tree Pipit
18/04 Hobby Hafren Forest. One from picnic area (SN852881) plus Goshawk, Green Woodpecker, Crossbill, Cuckoo
16/04 Cuckoo Cwm Biga. One this morning at Cwm Biga (near Clwyedog)
16/04 Cuckoo Lake Vyrnwy. At least 1 & female Ring Ouzel on Dinas Mawddwy road
15/04 Ringed Plover Llyn Coed y Dinas. One plus 3 Common Sandpiper, 60 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, Sedge Warbler, 5 Snipe, 20 Tufted Duck
13/04 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present lunchtime & Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Blackcap
12/04 Sedge Warbler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 in front of hide & Common Sandpiper, 2 pr Great Crested Grebe
12/04 Greenshank Dolydd Hafren. 1 present & 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 LRP, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 4 Redstart, 60+ Sand Martin
11/04 Pied Flycatcher Llanidloes. 1, Allt Goch Wood & Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, abundant Chiffchaff
11/04 Sand Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 150+, 20 Swallow, drake Shoveler
10/04 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 briefly
09/04 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Passed through & caught fish near dam
09/04 Blackcap Pwll Penarth. A singing male today plus 2 others near Burgedin Lock
06/04 Willow Warbler Dolydd Hafren. 2 (on 5th) are 1st this year as were 3 Little Ringed Plover. 25 Goosander (9 males) + 12 ducklings, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 32 Curlew, Lapwing (displaying), 7 Sand Martin, 5 Little Egret
06/04 Ring Ouzel Kerry Ridgeway. One just inside the Monts border late pm
05/04 Redshank Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single present
04/04 House Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 with 4 Swallow, Sand Martin.
04/04 Oystercatcher Lake Vyrnwy. 5 passage birds on dam wall (am)
03/04 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 drake+2 duck, 4 pairs Moorhen, Kingfisher, 11 Snipe
02/04 Redstart Llanfyllin. One and another at Lake Vyrnwy today as well
02/04 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. Also Short-eared Owl (but both brief/ inaccessible), 10+ Fieldfare
01/04 Swallow Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 early pm plus 2 Sand Martin, 2 Oystercatcher, Shoveler, Red Kite, Snipe, Chiffchaffs
31/03 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still plus 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Shoveler, 4 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, Lapwing
30/03 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Summer plumage 2nd winter bird again (pm)
29/03 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 adult briefly at 2:30pm plus pair Red Kite, 20+ Curlew over
28/03 Kittiwake Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult bird this morning with 30+ Sand Martin through & 6 Chiffchaff. A 1st winter Kittiwake then at 5:15-5.20pm
26/03 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Female present
26/03 Kittiwake Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair at 3.30pm on island in front of the hide plus 3 Shoveler
25/03 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Six present - a high count for Montgomeryshire!
24/03 Redstart Cwmbiga. 1 very early male seen and heard
23/03 Blackcap Sarn. Male in private garden
20/03 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. 4 calling (widespread in small numbers now) plus 8 Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail and a colour-ringed Dipper
19/03 Wheatear Llanbrynmair. Small flock are first reported this year
17/03 Redshank Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 present (clearly a movement through county at present) plus Chiffchaff
17/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. Still, 2 European race birds plus 5 Redshank
15/03 Sand Martin Pwll Penarth. 3 over plus singing Chiffchaff
15/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. 2 European race birds from 2nd hide plus 4 Stonechat (all female), 2 Chiffchaff, c.120 Curlew, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, Little Egret, 100+ Wigeon, 2 Red Kite, 3 Sparrowhawk 8+ Buzzard
15/03 Sand Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still 2 present this morning
14/03 Sand Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 late morning, first reported this year
14/03 Tree Sparrow Lymore. 2 in cricket pitch fields plus c.100 Linnet, 20 Fieldfare, Reed Buntings
13/03 Great White Egret Cors Dyfi. (Also seen 12th). c.6 Yellowhammer at Visitor Centre feeders
13/03 Chiffchaff Wern. 1 by canal this morning
03/03 Brambling Commins Coch. Male at feeders. Very scarce this winter...
01/03 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Female over reeds for approx 1 hour at midday. NB The 360 Observatory is now open every day from 10am
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

Monday, May 18, 2015


6 Shelduck at Llyn Coed y Dinas now - 2 male and 4 female type. Mark Wilson reports things are getting a bit feisty. Meanwhile in the relative calm of the reedbed the Reed Warblers are building...

Lake Vyrnwy 17th May

These pictures were taken from Centenary Hide at Lake Vyrnwy by Mark Wilson. Not sure what the Jay has acquired but it looks meaty.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

World's Largest Nestbox?

 The wooden teaching area, next to the dipping pond at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas has provided a perfect artificial nest site for a family of 5 Treecreepers which fledged today. Three hung on very unsteadily after emerging, but the parent tempted them to follow with a huge mouthful of invertebrates, and they were soon safely in the willows.

The fledgling Long-tailed Tit was nearby.

LCYD 15th May

2 pairs of Shelduck and 4 Reed Warbler were the highlight of Mark Wilson's morning (plus the long staying Mediterranean Gull of course). Mark's pics show Black-headed Gull, Reed Warbler, Shelduck and Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cuckoo, Roundton Hill

Report from Pam Blair, who heard a Cuckoo singing at Roundton Hill National Nature Reserve this afternoon.

Cuckoo, Dolanog

My first Cuckoo in quite some time and a real highlight of today's trip to Dolanog. Male heard singing just West of the village.

Around the village and on the hill, I recorded a total of 22 bird species. In addition to the Cuckoo, there was Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Treecreeper, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More spotted flycatchers.

This morning there are 3 spotted flies in the garden - our spirits are soaring!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spotted Flycatcher in garden

Thrilled to see a spotted flycatcher in the garden - it has been around all day, so we hope it chooses to stay!
Whitethroats, yellowhammers, willow and garden warblers, reed buntings, grey wagtails and a kestrel all seen regularly on the Wern over the last week. An occasional curlew too.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

LCYD 9th May

A selection of Mark Wilson's pictures from today -

Friday, May 08, 2015


1 seen up Rodneys pillar this morning , also wood warbler , 3 pied flycatchers , 4 redstarts , grasshopper warbler , 2 pairs of willow tits ,3 crossbill, unusually only 2 great spotted wodpeckers and no green or lesser spotted , after having all 3 species 11 days ago and there being 20 + great spotted then