Notable Recent Sightings

01/05 Reed Warbler Llyn Coed y Dinas.
30/04 Little Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st winter present 16:00 & Yellow Wagtail
30/04 Swift Guilsfield. 1 over Groes this morning
29/04 Grasshopper Warbler The Wern. First of season, first heard on 25th
22/04 Cetti's Warbler Pwll Penarth. Singing bird & pair Common Sandpiper, Reed & Sedge Warblers
21/04 Wood Warbler Pendugwm Woods. First report of 2016
20/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Y Gadfa area & Fieldfare still around plus pair Common Sandpiper
20/04 Merlin Dolanog. Female reported
19/04 Yellow Wagtail Dolydd Hafren. One plus Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Stock Dove, White Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover
19/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Pair this morning but not accessible plus passage Osprey
17/04 Little Gull Dolydd Hafren. 1st winter (am) plus male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (in oaks to right of far hide), Garden Warbler, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8+ Common Sandpipers, 3 pr Oystercatcher
17/04 Lesser Whitethroat Middletown. Singing male this morning
16/04 Osprey Pwll Penarth. One over
16/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Male still present at y Gadfa
16/04 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair & 150+ Sand Martin
15/04 Sedge Warbler Llyn Coed y Dinas. First report of 2016 & 200+ Swallow
14/04 Dunlin Llyn Coed y Dinas. Singleton
14/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Male at y Gadfa still with 1 Fieldfare
13/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Male at y Gadfa 6.30pm. Also 2 Little Egret present today
13/04 Cuckoo Near Staylittle. 1 present
12/04 White Stork Cors Dyfi. Overhead at 12.35pm following the Dyfi north
12/04 Little Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 in afternoon - adult & immature
10/04 Yellow Wagtail Dolydd Hafren. 1 male plus Osprey over heading NW at 9.30am, 2 singing Redstart, Blackcap, 6 House Martin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Shelduck
10/04 House Martin Pwll Penarth. 6 through am & singing Cetti's Warbler
10/04 Pied Flycatcher Llanfyllin. Male this morning
07/04 Redstart Dolyfdd Hafren. Also 2 Shelduck, 2 Swallow, 2+ Sand Martin, Little Egret
04/04 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. Seen from Red Trail
03/04 Osprey Caersws. 1 hovering over River Severn also 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Teal & 10 Sand Martin
03/04 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. 1 over late am, also 36+ Brambling with Chaffinch(150+), Goshawk
02/04 House Martin Coedway. 2 over plus singing Willow Warbler, 3 pairs Tree Sparrow
28/03 Blackcap Pwll Penarth. Male singing nr Aberbechan, Barn Owl, 81 Pied Wagtail in roost, male Sparrowhawk
27/03 Sand Martin Pwll Penarth. 20 plus singing Chiffchaffs (also 1 at Aberbechan), Water Rail, Robin nest building
27/03 Wheatear Dolydd Hafren. First of year plus Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 7 Sand Martin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rail
26/03 Swallow Lymore Pools. 2 present today
26/03 Swallow Pwll Penarth. 2 plus 30 Sand Martin, 15+ Chiffchaff, calling Cetti's Warbler again
26/03 Sand Martin Llyn Coed y Dinas. 33+ through today, 1 Swallow & calling Chiffchaff, 9 Snipe
25/03 Raven Lake Vyrnwy. Flock of 60+ also multiple Goshawk showing well in sunshine
25/03 Osprey Powis Castle. 1 over heading south c.11am
23/03 Cetti's Warbler Pwll Penarth. Report of singing bird at 11.30am
23/03 Bittern Cors Dyfi. 1 on reserve & 3 Whooper Swan flying down river
23/03 Meadow Pipit Llanidloes. 80-100 flock at Gorn Hill on spring passage & 2 singing Chiffchaff
22/03 Redshank Lake Vyrnwy. 2 on beach by hotel entrance (am)
21/03 Great Grey Shrike Dyfnant Forest. Approx grid ref SJ000164 and pair Stonechat nearby.
18/03 Scaup Llangurig. 3 male & 1 female at Marsh's Pool this morning. Still present 11am
17/03 Little Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1st winter, afternoon until 3.30pm. Also Little Egret, 6 Snipe
16/03 Chiffchaff Fan Pool. Singing bird. 1 was also reported from Pwll Penarth yesterday
13/03 Common Sandpiper Caersws. 2 overwintering birds plus 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 20 Snipe, pair Goosander, 23 Teal & 4 Cormorant
13/03 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 10 (1 juv) plus 4 Greylag, 2 Teal, Snipe & 20 Skylark
10/03 Little Owl Montgomery. 1 calling at night plus Barn Owl & 3 Tawny Owl
06/03 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 3 reported this morning plus Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again
06/03 Whooper Swan nr Aberhafesp. At least 14 today
06/03 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 5 this morning departed north at 12:50pm
05/03 Whooper Swan nr Aberhafesp. 15 with 2 Mute Swan (same field as on 3rd)
05/03 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 5 present this morning (2 drakes)
03/03 Whooper Swan nr Aberhafesp. 10+ with Mutes in field north of footbridge c.SO058925 (visible from the back road)
25/02 Great Grey Shrike Ceri Ridgeway. 10yds on the Monts side of the border (grid ref SO19458704)
23/02 Little Owl Highgate. At 9.15pm
22/02 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. Over wintering bird today
19/02 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. Still on Red Trail. It moves along the Red Trail but for past 2 days it has been at far west end (today at 11am it was at grid ref SH97772099)
18/02 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. Single bird again Red Trail
16/02 Great Grey Shrike Dyfnant Forest. Single bird in northern section (i.e. Cownwy Valley area) - probably one of the birds seen at Vyrnwy
14/02 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. Single bird still present Red Trail. Plus Goshawk
12/02 Whooper Swan Caersws. Possibly as many as 12 in field alongside A489 between Caersws & Penstrowed, opp Red House Farm. Certainly some present!
11/02 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. 2 birds 12.30pm on Red Trail. Also Goshawk
04/02 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Female present today
02/02 Little Owl Aberhafesp. One at night
31/01 Chiffchaff Newtown. One in private garden
31/01 Blackcap Guilsfield. Male in private garden this morning
27/01 Pink-footed Goose Welshpool. c.80 high overhead going northeast at 2.35pm
24/01 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Powis Castle. Flitting around oak tree tops at main car park
23/01 Gadwall Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 this morning & 19 Mute Swan (8 juv's)
22/01 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 drake plus 4 Goldeneye (2m 2f), Water Rail
21/01 Whooper Swan Caersws. 4 adults in a favoured field near Caersws with 4 adult Mutes. Also pair of Mutes on river at Caersws & pair of Mutes on a field near Aberhafesp with solitary adult Mute nearby
16/01 Bittern Cors Dyfi. Still present. Also reports from 11th & 12th
11/01 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. Pair on fields behind Ty-mawr farm SW of Aberhafesp, on south bank of river
10/01 Bittern Cors Dyfi. Bird photographed by stealth camera
27/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. One plus Crossbill, Green Woodpecker & Marsh Tit
27/12 Water Rail Flash, Welshpool. 2 plus 12 Tufted Duck & 2 Snipe. Nearby 2000+ LBB Gull and a few Herring Gull on flooded fields
18/12 Chiffchaff Newtown. At Sewage works, 4 including another putative Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis) - different bird to 16th. Also a Willow Warbler with a damaged wing.
16/12 Yellowhammer Lymore. 50+ on top of hedges where Offa's Dyke passes through Lymore.
16/12 Chiffchaff Newtown. At Sewage works, Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis) with 2 x collybita plus female Mandarin Duck, 50 Fieldfare, many Reed Bunting and Goldcrest
10/12 Short-eared Owl Cors Dyfi. Afternoon sighting
04/12 Great Black-backed Gull Caersws. 5 in flooded fields nr Maes Mawr hall with c.800 Herring Gull, c.200 Lesser Black-backed Gull
04/12 Blackcap Welshpool. 1 male
   
See Sightings Archive for older records

Monday, May 02, 2016

Llyn Coed y Dinas 1st May

Mark Wilson found 3 male Blackcap and Reed Warbler in front of the hide and pair of Great Crested Grebe
 
 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Out & about 30th April

Mark Wilson was out and about this weekend with RSPB Lake Vyrnwy delivering Pied Flycatcher and Otters (Centenary Hide) and the Monts Wildlife Trust offering 1st Winter Little Gull and Yellow Wagtail at Llyn Coed y Dinas -

Friday, April 29, 2016

Grasshopper Warbler

Male grasshopper warbler singing again on Wern this morning - Steve first heard it on Monday, but it was too far away ( too much background early morning birdsong as well) for my ears! Close enough today to  capture the song on video, although the bird flitting about so quickly in the hedge that it doesn't really show itself. So a record by sound not sight. It looks good breeding habitat - wet, rushy, tussocky field surrounded by sparse hedgerow, so hope there's a mate around somewhere.
Yellowhammers still about, although not singing very much, and this week a pair of linnets is showing daily.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Naughty" doings" with Blue 24 etc!





Well, fingers Xed-but not looking good!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Unbelievable



I do find it hard to fathom the motives of the person, or persons, who stuffed kitchen roll into a nest box entrance at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas overnight. The ragged appearance of the paper is due to the incumbent Blue Tits trying to re-establish an entrance. Inside the box there were another three lengths of paper, i.e. the distance between perforations, (a further 2 feet).

The female had already laid 3 eggs.

While not in the same league as poisoning or shooting raptors, is it still a crime against wildlife?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Early bird breeders

Astounded to see a strong-flying Blackbird fledgling accompanying Dad to the feeder in the garden this afternoon!

This morning, I was also surprised to find three Pied Flycatcher nests already started in Coed Pendugwm. The wood seems to be filled with the species this spring!
Robin from penarth 23/4 apart from having only half a head looks to be feeding ok. Lots of goldfinch around, wrens, blackcaps and watched male and female greenfinch nest building

Redstart - Town Hill, Montgomery

2 males and 1 female next to the track as it climbs above the woodland.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pwll Penarth

Despite rather cool conditions; Dozens of Blackcap, plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, a few Reed and Sedge Warblers skulking in bottom of the reeds, Plus calling Cettis Warbler. Little Grebes Heard. 3 Mallard broods, 1 Dipper, plus a pair of Common Sandpipers feeding below the weir; 1 ringed other unringed. Also plenty of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows. Pictures in order;Pair Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, Female and Male Blackcap.