Latest Sightings

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
30/11 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 still plus Green Sandpiper
29/11 Short-eared Owl Llyn Hir. 2 plus 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, Snipe, Lapwing, Golden Plover
29/11 Brambling Ceri Ridgeway. 150 plus 1000+ Chaffinch
29/11 Common Sandpiper Caersws. Late record of one on River Severn and it or another at Llyn Coed y Dinas where drake Shoveler remains plus a Chiffchaff, Starling roost 150-200
25/11 Merlin Llyn Clywedog. Female, west side road (past sailing club) on final long straight where fishermen are
24/11 Lapwing Llyn Coed y Dinas. Flock increasing over last few days to 92, Shoveler (23/11), Kingfisher
20/11 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake still, 5 Snipe, Red Kite
20/11 Blackcap Dolydd Hafren. 2 plus 2 Water Rail, 7 Goosander, 25+ Curlew, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 6 Bullfinch, 30+ Linnet, 5 Buzzard, 15+ Wigeon, 35+ Lesser B B gull, 12+ Long Tailed Tit, 9 Teal, Reed Bunting
16/11 Great White Egret Cors Dyfi. Seen from 360 Observatory. Flew up the Dyfi and returned about 30 mins later
11/11 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 drake
09/11 Merlin Glaslyn. 3 plus 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldeneye
09/11 Wheatear Llyn Hir. Greenland race bird plus 150 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel
09/11 Blackcap Montgomery. A male feeding on apples in private garden late pm
08/11 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. 2 with tit flock
08/11 Fieldfare Montgomeryshire. First influx this week e.g. 20 at Lymore + 6 at Welshpool
08/11 Brambling Montgomery. Male in small flock of Chaffinch in woods next to castle
06/11 Blackcap Llanfyllin. Female this morning.
04/11 Brambling Llanfyllin. 1 with Chaffinch flock at feeders in private garden
03/11 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 females plus female Goosander, 25 Lapwing, 5 Snipe
02/11 Cetti's Warbler Pwll Penarth. A singing bird briefly today plus 3 Water Rail calling, 120 Redwing overhead and 37 Magpie at roost
30/10 Wheatear Llyn Hir. Greenland race bird trapped & ringed last night
26/10 Redstart Mochdre. Female this morning - a very late record
16/10 Chiffchaff The Wern. Singing beside canal
15/10 Short-eared Owl Llyn Hir. Also 2 Barn Owl, 35 Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing, 40 Snipe, 4 Jack Snipe, Redwing passage overhead
14/10 Redwing Llanfyllin. First of the winter have reached the county
10/10 Great Black-backed Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Distant views of up to 3 birds on an island plus Blackcap and 7 Snipe
06/10 Wheatear Dolydd Hafren. 3 females plus 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, 14 Swallow, Barn Owl
01/10 Water Rail Llyn Coed y Dinas. Showing well from hide right hand window
27/09 Wigeon Lymore. A few on the lake and Willow Tit in the woods.
27/09 Hobby Glaslyn. Around track at lunchtime
24/09 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. 3 still plus 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 14 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, late Sedge & Reed Warblers, 2 Little Grebe. A flock of c.30 Jay flew swiftly across the reserve and up into the Llyfnant Valley
17/09 Spotted Flycatcher Welshpool. 2 feeding in private garden
14/09 Raven Dolfor Hills. A common species but c.20 present is a good number
14/09 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Up to 3 have been present in Sept plus Common Sandpiper, Snipe, and 2 Kingfisher providing regular views
10/09 Yellow Wagtail Dolydd Hafren. Male (late for these), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Clouded Yellow and lots of Migrant Hawkers & Common Darters
06/09 Wheatear Newtown. Female/1st year on railings at Treowen
01/09 Greenshank Llyn Coed y Dinas. Arrived 3.30pm plus 5 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin
31/08 Little Owl Pwll Penarth. Late evening - on post just inside western entrance to the reserve. Also roosts of hirundine (150-200 mostly Swallow) and Pied Wagtail (70+)
25/08 Common Tern Lake Vyrnwy. On lake at 9am on barrel just off the turning for the Hotel
23/08 Ring-necked Parakeet Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain. 3 reported over
23/08 Redshank Lake Vyrnwy. 3 at Lakeside Hide
19/08 Yellow Wagtail Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret
08/08 Hobby Montgomery. Seen catching a Swallow at 6.30 at the entrance to Lymore. Also Spotted Flycatcher opposite the cricket ground and on 6th, Yellowhammer on Lymore section of Offa's Dyke
29/07 Little Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Three today with 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 124 Mallard, Lapwing, Teal
28/07 Little Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. 5 this evening plus 4 Common & 1 Green Sandpiper, male Reed Bunting
24/07 Peregrine Guilsfield. 2 over today at 2pm
20/07 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2, also 2 Common Sandpiper
17/07 Common Scoter Lake Vyrnwy. 8 present.
10/07 Gadwall Llyn Coed y Dinas. Two plus Little Egret, Kingfisher, pair Great Crested Grebe + chicks and Tufted Duck + chicks
08/07 Hobby Llanfyllin. One over this morning
07/07 Quail Hyddgen. At least one calling around SN784902. This is 4km southwest of the report on 6th so could be same bird
06/07 Quail Lake Glaslyn. Calling between car park and shore
04/07 Green Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas.
30/06 Shelduck Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 adult & 9 juveniles + 2 Common Sandpiper (pm)
22/06 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult at 5pm with Black Headed Gulls on big island in front of oak tree
19/06 Common Scoter Lake Vyrnwy. 90 (yes, ninety) and Osprey over.
05/06 Quail Lake Vyrnwy. Another calling and assumed to be a different bird to the one on the 30th.
30/05 Quail Lake Vyrnwy. One calling.
25/05 Shelduck Llyn Coed y Dinas. One today
23/05 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. A first summer bird today plus 1 Common Tern
22/05 Turtle Dove Cors Dyfi. Present in adjacent caravan park (Morben Isaf) all day
16/05 Spotted Flycatcher Llanfechain. First report of year. A bird returning to 2013 nest site
15/05 Dunlin Llyn Coed y Dinas. At 15:00, on left of big island briefly before disappearing around the back
13/05 Hoopoe Mochdre. Present and calling from 11th to 13th when last seen in the village at 4pm for 20 mins.
10/05 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st summer bird still present, last reported on 11th
09/05 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st summer bird still present
09/05 Hobby Dolydd Hafren. Plus Yellow Wagtail
09/05 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st summer bird present this afternoon
08/05 Garganey Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake showing well close to first island
07/05 Hawfinch Newtown. One on feeders in private garden.
06/05 Great White Egret Lake Vyrnwy. In breeding plumage at top of lake in willow around Centenary hide (though can be very elusive). Last seen on 7th
04/05 Cuckoo Middletown Hill. Singing male at 5pm
30/04 Hobby Lake Vyrnwy. Sighting on the Red Trail plus pair Crossbill at Dam (male singing)
28/04 Lesser Whitethroat Middletown. Singing male
27/04 Black Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. A pair this pm with 2 Arctic Tern and 1 'Commic' Tern
25/04 Redwing Lake Vyrnwy. Probably the last one this winter (?!) plus a Whitethroat on red trail
24/04 Grasshopper Warbler Lake Vyrnwy. First of year on moorland and Oystercatcher on dam
23/04 Osprey Welshpool. 1 over this morning
22/04 Reed Warbler Llyn Coed y Dinas. First reported 2014 plus Reed Bunting & Sedge Warbler
22/04 Whinchat Lake Vyrnwy. 2 today on the moors are Vyrnwy's first of 2014.
21/04 Bean Goose Caersws. Presumed escape.
20/04 Swift Dolydd Hafren. First record of year plus Sedge Warbler
20/04 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed Y Dinas. 3 plus Sedge Warbler in reeds
19/04 Cuckoo Hafren Forest. One calling in Cwm Biga area
18/04 Wood Warbler Llanidloes. And 3 Tree Pipit on Gorn Hill
16/04 Osprey Dolydd Hafren. Late afternoon and then flew north. Plus Yellow Wagtail
15/04 Marsh Harrier Dolydd Hafren. Male this morning. Also Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler
15/04 House Martin Sarn. A few overhead, the first reported this year
10/04 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Over, heading NW towards Bala
09/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Pair, plus Great Grey Shrike, but neither species readily accessible as mobile on moorland
08/04 Garden Warbler Llanerfyl. First reported this year
07/04 Redstart Mochdre. Male - first reported this year
06/04 Pintail Pwll Penarth. A pair and large passage of Sand Martin/Swallow
03/04 Pied Flycatcher Llanerfyl. Male - first reported this year
03/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Also Blackcap and pair Gadwall still, 50+ Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin, 2 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher
03/04 Swallow Pontrobert. 2 plus Blackcap
01/04 Gadwall Llyn Coed y Dinas. A pair and 1000+ Black-headed Gulls
01/04 Grey Partridge Cefn y Coed. 2 (near Abermule)
01/04 Willow Warbler Cors Dyfi. First reported this year
26/03 Little Ringed Plover River Severn. 2, the first reported of 2014.
26/03 Wheatear Lake Vyrnwy. Female on moorland edge, also 100+ Fieldfare/Redwing and Goshawk.
25/03 Fieldfare Llanfyllin. c.80 over with a few Redwing as winter thrushes move through county on return journey.
24/03 Whooper Swan Dolydd Hafren. 2 flying down river (pm)
21/03 Merlin Meifod. Male heading north
21/03 Mediterranean Gull? Llyn Coed y Dinas. UNCONFIRMED report of adult on 18th, but there were 7 Oystercatcher & 5 Snipe today
20/03 Sand Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 30+ this morning
20/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. 2 European race (.albifrons) still present in front of 2nd hide (am)
19/03 Blackcap Llandyssil. Singing male
19/03 Sand Martin Caersws. Plus 6 Chiffchaff between Llanidloes and Caersws
18/03 Oystercatcher Llyn Coed y Dinas. The usual pair plus another 3
16/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. 2 of European race (.albifrons) with Greylags & Canadas
08/03 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. Most likely an overwintering bird?
07/03 Osprey Llyn Coed y Dinas. Over field opposite the reserve flying south.
03/03 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake plus Wigeon & Teal
23/02 Green Sandpiper Dolydd Hafren. 3 wintering birds present (there has been up to 4). Also 3's of Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Peregrine & Red Kite. 63 Curlew, c.20 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail
23/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Again as per y'day
22/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Again, in to roost late evening
21/02 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. One from 17:30 in bushes on left of island
13/02 Blackcap Guilsfield. Male in garden this morning likely to have overwintered in the area
11/02 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake this morning
08/02 Brambling Llanerfyl. 5 in private garden
05/02 Lapwing Llyn Coed y Dinas. 75 with 22 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck
04/02 Oystercatcher Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Snipe, 8+ Teal, 10+ Wigeon, 4 Heron, 6 Cormorant
03/02 Stock Dove Dolydd Hafren. Flock of 130 in the arable field, with 85 Linnet, 2 Little Egret
31/01 Merlin Cwm Biga. Female
26/01 Short-eared Owl Llyn Hir. Plus 5 Teal, 6 Lapwing, 10+ Woodcock, 10+ Snipe, 8 Jack Snipe
24/01 Little Egret Dolydd Hafren. Also c.30 Curlew
24/01 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 5
22/01 Redwing Welshpool. 40+ in field opposite Brynfa Farm, Red Bank plus 25+ Linnet
16/01 Snipe Guilsfield. 20 - 30 in flight over Granllyn, Guilsfield (Woodland Trust reserve), pm
12/01 Avocet Llyn Coed y Dinas.
12/01 Blackcap Guilsfield. Male in a garden
11/01 Shelduck Llyn Coed y Dinas. Also male Goosander, 3 Bullfinch, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Cormorant, Mallard, Pied Wagtail
07/01 Snow Bunting Pentre. A male at midday, south of Pentre (east of Llanidloes)
01/01 Merlin Montgomery.
29/12 Green Sandpiper Dolydd Hafren. 2 plus 2 Little Egret, 9 Snipe, Brambling, Goshawk
27/12 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 8 with 4 Mute Swan in the Severn Valley this afternoon.
24/12 Great Grey Shrike Hafren Forest. OS grid SN848872. See blog for directions.
22/12 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. 2 present plus Blackcap (male), 20 Linnet, 3 Little Grebe, 20 Snipe, 2 Water Rail (heard)
15/12 Jack Snipe Corndon Hill. Again, plus Common Snipe, 14 Golden Plover
14/12 Jack Snipe Corndon Hill. 2+
13/12 Bittern Cors Dyfi.
13/12 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st-winter drake, also 40+ Wigeon
08/12 Whooper Swan Llyn Gwyddior. 4 present (grid ref SH9307)
07/12 Whooper Swan Llyn Hir. 2 adults
04/12 Blackcap Pwll Penarth. Male in apple trees on sewage ponds fenceline. Also 12 Linnet, 16 Bullfinch, 84 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 40+ Blackbird, 2 Snipe, Water Rail, 7 Teal, 18 L-T Tit
03/12 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. Feeding in hedgerows by sewage works
30/11 Dunlin Pwll Penarth. Possibly same bird as LyCD, plus 5 Water Rail, 20+ Teal, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Green Woodpecker
30/11 Dunlin Llyn Coed y Dinas. Early am, plus Mandarin, Peregrine, 2 Goosander, 20+ Wigeon
29/11 Mandarin Llyn Coed y Dinas. (pm) Drake, still, perched in willow to right of hide
29/11 Blackcap Dolydd Hafren. Male, plus Little Egret, 90+ Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 6 Bullfinch
28/11 Blackcap Guilsfield. Male in a garden this morning
25/11 Blackcap Dolydd Hafren. Pair still present plus Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 28 Curlew, 4 Water Rail, 500+ Canada Geese
25/11 Mandarin Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake, still until 9am. Also 7 Snipe, 7 Lapwing, Goosander
24/11 Mandarin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 drake.
22/11 Goosander Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 males (am). Sightings increasing with colder weather e.g. 1 today at Llyn y Grinwydden (pm) + pair on the canal at Welshpool earlier in week
21/11 Woodcock Llanerfyl. 10+ in nearby fields (evening)
18/11 Lapwing Llyn Coed y Dinas. 41 present plus 12 Tufted Duck & female Sparrowhawk
17/11 Blackcap Dolydd Hafren. 2 (male & female)
17/11 Wigeon Lymore Pool. 30 present plus 5 Goosander
15/11 Bullfinch Ceri Forest. Flock of 18, plus 4 Woodcock, several flocks of 4-12 Crossbill
14/11 Red Kite Penegoes. 8 seen together just east of Penegoes over A489 (pm)
11/11 Common Sandpiper Dolydd Hafren. Also 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Water Rail (calling), 21 Lapwing, 80+ Linnet, 100+ Redwing, 34 Fieldfare, 423 Canada Geese & 1 Hare.
04/11 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. 12+ with Chaffinch flock under beech trees on northern edge of lake (near Ty Uchaf turn). Also Crossbill overhead, Siskin on alders.
03/11 Mandarin Dolydd Hafren. Female on flooded river, plus 4+ Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 27 Curlew, 10 Goosander, Peregrine, Merlin, 2 Little Grebe
02/11 Curlew Dolydd Hafren. 22 present
30/10 Red Kite Pentre Llifior. 8 seen together (pm)
29/10 Brambling Dolfor. 30-40 feeding on beech mast in Chaffinch flock on road leading up to P&L windfarm
24/10 Dotterel Ceri Ridgeway. Juvenile trapped & ringed at night, plus 7 Jack Snipe, 20+ Snipe, 11 Golden Plover, Woodcock (1st of season)
24/10 Green Sandpiper Dolydd Hafren. 5 present, plus 4 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail (heard), Peregrine (female)
22/10 Water Rail Llyn Coed y Dinas. Showing to left of hide, plus 3 Snipe, Wigeon
19/10 Great Grey Shrike Hafren Forest. Grid SN864894, also Fieldfares
17/10 Peregrine Newtown. Eating prey near Macdonalds (assume 'prey' was not a burger)
13/10 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 drake, plus 3 Snipe
11/10 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 present AM and from 4pm, also Common Sandpiper
11/10 Redwing Across the county. First reports of the winter at various locations
09/10 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. First of the winter at feeders
06/10 Wigeon Lymore Pools. Approx 20 present
06/10 Yellow Wagtail Dolydd Hafren. Also Green Sandpiper, Water Rail and mix of departing summer migrants including reported late records of Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Pipit
06/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, plus Common Sandpiper
05/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 bird present but becoming more mobile, plus Dipper, Reed Bunting
04/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 bird present, plus Gadwall (male), Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Wigeon, Little Grebe
03/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 bird present, plus 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 7 Lapwing
02/10 Great White Egret Pwll Penarth. 1 bird over, at 14:00, flying south, high up.
02/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 bird present, plus 6 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Gadwall (male)
01/10 Golden Plover Carno. 10 flying South over the Rhyd, Carno (AM). 2 on field by Llyn Mawr and another at Garreg Hir (PM).
01/10 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, 2 birds, also Snipe, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe
30/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, 2 birds, plus 4 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Wigeon, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff
29/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, 2 birds
28/09 Hen Harrier Glaslyn. South side of Lake, 5.45pm
28/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, and a 2nd bird arrived late pm
27/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas.
26/09 Gannet Llyn Coed y Dinas. Juvenile circling overhead (pm).
26/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas.
Also 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 Wigeon, Gadwall and 2 Chiffchaff
22/09 Little Grebe Pwll Penarth. Pair on far side of pool. Also Water Rail, 3 Snipe, Reed Warbler
22/09 Goshawk Kerry Ridgeway.
21/09 Black-tailed Godwit Dolydd Hafren. Also Whimbrel, 50+ Curlew, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper
20/09 Hobby Welshpool.
Over Red Bank. Also 2 Wheatear.
20/09 Green Sandpiper Lake Vyrnwy. At top end of lake.
15/09 Yellow Wagtail Dolydd Hafren. Also Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, Wheatear
15/09 Garganey River Severn at Leighton. (Juvenile) Also 50+ Teal, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper
14/09 Goshawk Carno. Also Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Red Kite, 2 Crossbill
14/09 Merlin Talerddig
12/09 Barnacle Goose Fan
06/09 Yellow Wagtail Llyn Coed y Dinas
29/08 Bittern Lake Vyrnwy
28/08 Water Rail Middletown

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Llyn Coed-y-dinas pm

Only one Common Snipe which was very well hidden, although there could have been more. 36 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, 10 Cormorant plus usual species.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lesser Spotted woodpecker seen today in Trewern by railway line

Redshank @ Llyn Coed y Dinas

Mark Wilson reports the bird was on the lake for 20 mins or so around lunchtime before it headed off over the bypass to the flooded fields.  Couldn’t locate it again but certainly worth checking the fields out, if nothing else for something different among the large gull flocks...

There are not many inland Montgomeryshire records of Redshank each year and Mark has provided a picture -

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brian's Canada Geese

You may remember that on 3rd November 2014, Brian Pollard found 3 colour ringed Canada Geese at Llyn Coed y Dinas, Welshpool.

The BTO have confirmed that 2 birds (identified from the photos) were ringed on 28th June 2014 at Fellfoot Park, Lake Windermere, Cumbria (there is an RSPCA backed Canada Goose ringing project there). These two birds, an adult male and adult female, had travelled 182km in 128 days.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Book

Just to let you know, there is a new book out!

Ospreys In Wales - The First Ten Years

Forward by Iolo, selected images by Andy Rouse, and it's the story of the recolonisation of ospreys in Wales (obviously!) from the first successful breeding in 2004 all the way through to the end of this 2014 season.

It is a thick hardback book with 272 pages and 300 photographs. Available locally at Cors Dyfi this weekend (signing 12:00 - 14:00 Saturday and Sunday) and online:

Profits split between Dyfi and Glaslyn osprey projects.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blackcap - Montgomery

The birds in our garden our are taking full advantage of the apple trees.  We regularly have 15 or more Blackbirds feeding in the trees and on the ground; they make wonderful short calls to each other when they get together in numbers.  The apples also attract Blue Tits, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Starling, and over wintering Blackcap (photographs taken 13/12/1014).



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wern water rail

The area where I spotted a water rail last Wednesday is now flooded after yesterday's rain, but today I had more good views of one in the same spot that I saw one last winter, about a quarter of a mile further on, which is less affected by flood water.
Much to my surprise, I also had good views of a kingfisher, which hovered by a bridge, having spotted me, before turning and flying back along the canal. The canal water was so murky after the rain that it would seem unlikely it would be able to fish there.
On Thursday, on the same stretch of water, there were two cormorants and a pair of goosander.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Llyn Coed y Dinas

Mark Wilson somehow made it through the flood water to record a wintering Chiffchaff,  resplendent male Goosander and Snipe at Llyn Coed y Dinas today.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dee Doody's talk in Welshpool on Wednesday December 17th

film-maker and artist Diarmid Doody


Local wildlife artist and broadcaster, Dee Doody, will be giving a talk to the MWT Welshpool Bird Group entitled 'An Evening with Dee Doody' next Wednesday 17th December at 7.30 pm, in Welshpool Methodist Hall. From past experience, Dee is a super speaker, and we hope to have a good audience. Everyone is welcome to attend - not just MWT members!
Admission is only £2, and includes Christmassy refreshments! Hope to see you there - it should be a great evening.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Water Rail on Wern

Good views of a water rail this morning, in mini-wetland area alongside the canal. It seems to favour the Wern over the winter months, although it may be that summer foliage etc hides it from view. Also two grey wagtails and several bullfinches today, plus good numbers of redwing and a few fieldfares.