Notable Recent Sightings

17/04 Great Skua Machynlleth. One over, heading inland, is first in county since 1973.
17/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Single plus Cuckoo & Whinchat.
14/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Water Rail, Great C. Grebe, Shelduck & Hirundines
14/04 Black Redstart Middletown. Single this morning.
11/04 Black Redstart Carno. Male briefly this afternoon.
08/04 Brambling Llandyssil. 30+ visiting garden.
06/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Plus Great C. Grebe, Red Kite, Tufted Duck, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Teal
04/04 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female still plus 32 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 female Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 150+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, House Martin.
15/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single showing today plus Goldeneye
09/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair Pochard, Goldeneye, pair Mandarin & Chiffchaff
07/03 Tree Sparrow Wern. 4 on garden feeders (present 6th-8th)
06/03 White-fronted Goose Dolydd Hafren. 2 present from 5th
03/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Two plus Goldeneye still
02/03 Chiffchaff Powis Castle. Singing bird
27/02 Tree Sparrow Llansantffraid. Single on garden feeders still
23/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present
22/02 Blackcap Guilsfield. Single male, also on 8th Feb
22/02 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 drakes & 2 Pochard, female Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 120 BHG
17/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still, plus female Goldeneye
16/02 Tree Sparrow Llansantffraid. Single on garden feeders
15/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 distant plus 2 Oystercatcher
08/02 Hawfinch Machynlleth. 5 in yews at cemetery this pm
04/02 Hawfinch Machynlleth. 3 in yews at cemetery & 2 Barn Owl nr Sewage works at dusk
25/01 Brambling Llanidloes. Large flock still at at Pen-yr-allt Wood 300+ today
20/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college
20/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present still
18/01 Waxwing Newtown. Still 2 at at the college
17/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
17/01 Waxwing Newtown. Two at the college this afternoon
15/01 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. 60+ under beeches along road near Lakeside Hide
13/01 Brambling Llanidloes. 500-600 at Pen-yr-allt Wood most of week - best around SN956857
13/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
13/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
09/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
08/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college still present
07/01 Brambling Llanidloes. 400+ at Peny-yr-allt Wood in beech near the little car park but mobile
06/01 Waxwing Newtown. Single at the college from 5th
04/01 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female still plus a few Mandarin
04/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. Present plus male Blackcap
03/01 Blackcap Welshpool. Male at Buttington
03/01 Waxwing Llanidloes. 32 at bottom Bryn du Road 1.45 - 3pm, no sign since. Earlier, 40 reported Buttington Cross Welshpool mid morning but no sign afterwards
02/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 20+ in the park today
01/01 Lesser Sp. Woodpecker Powis Castle. One in the park this morning
30/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 14 in the gardens
28/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still plus 2 Peregrine, Wigeon, Shelduck
20/12 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 drake & female Goldeneye still
19/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female type still present
13/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female type present and Pintail reported this morning only
28/11 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
25/11 Great White Egret River Dyfi. pm, about 1 mile west of Machynlleth
22/11 Blackcap Guilsfield. Male & female in garden
30/10 Lapland Bunting Lake Glaslyn. One reported top section of track leading to MWT Lake Glaslyn (SN837952). Present all day 30th, not seen since.
27/10 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single drake
19/10 Great White Egret Aberhafesp. By River Severn 3pm
17/10 Yellow-browed Warbler Newtown. Single in woods opposite leisure centre
29/09 Wigeon Llyn Coed y Dinas. 10 present
26/09 Great White Egret Llyn Coed y Dinas. Early morning - then flew down river 9am
24/09 Lesser BB Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 300+ pm.
22/09 Sandwich Tern Lake Vyrnwy. 5 early afternoon from Old Village CP
16/09 Manx Shearwater Llanidloes. One crash landed in garden. Safely released Aberystwyth
02/09 Snow Goose Montgomery. The feral bird again at Lymore Pools associating with 20+ Greylag
02/09 Hawfinch Churchstoke. 2 flying north
01/09 House Martin Sarn. 1000+ streaming south at 7.30pm
27/08 Hobby Guilsfield. One over this morning
26/08 Osprey Penstrowed. Heading towards Newtown along R.Severn 2pm
10/08 Common Scoter Lake Vyrnwy. Two drakes off dam this morning
28/07 Hobby Lymore. Single this morning
21/07 Hobby Middletown. One over, also a Peregrine
28/06 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Single passing through
17/06 Great Black-backed Gull Lake Vyrnwy. Pair am, plus a few each of LBB and BH Gull & Goshawk
03/06 Snow Goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. One escapee plus adult Mediterranean Gull
02/06 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single distant on island
23/05 Hobby Cors Dyfi. Single today
10/05 Lesser Whitethroat Llyn Coed y Dinas. Singing male present
04/05 Hobby Lake Vyrnwy. Adult over today
29/04 Whimbrel Llyn Coed y Dinas. One over plus Arctic Tern
25/04 Whimbrel Dolydd Hafren. One in front of 2nd hide this morning
24/04 Garden Warbler Guilsfield. Two today
23/04 Swift Welshpool. One over drifting west
19/04 Cuckoo Lake Vyrnwy. Also Grasshopper Warbler
18/04 Arctic Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single through
16/04 Snow Goose Montgomery. Single at Lymore Pools (presumed feral escape?)
16/04 Whooper Swan Lake Vyrnwy. 3 on lake (am) & Short-eared Owl on moorland
14/04 Common Sandpiper Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single plus Blackcap
11/04 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Male present
08/04 Pied Flycatcher Foel. A male has arrived, also one at Pwll Penarth
05/04 Wheatear Lake Vyrnwy. One along Gadfa road
05/04 Tree Sparrow Wern. 3 at garden feeders
04/04 Whooper Swan Lake Vyrnwy. 5 from Lakeside Hide
04/04 Swallow Llyn Coed y Dinas. 3 today
03/04 Black Redstart Guilsfield. One in private garden from 2nd but no sign on 4th
30/03 Egyptian Goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single & Mediterranean Gull (this also 29th), Sand Martin
27/03 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 adults displaying
22/03 Osprey Cors Dyfi. First returning bird of 2018 today
21/03 Snow Goose Caersws. Presumed escape associating with Canada Geese by river early this morning. First seen yesterday evening, bird doesn't appear to have leg rings
17/03 Hawfinch Guilsfield. 2 in private garden today & Brambling
16/03 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 7 in the gardens
16/03 Mediterranean Gull Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult present mid pm
13/03 Chiffchaff Llyn Coed y Dinas. Singing bird 10.30am
07/03 Hawfinch Lake Vyrnwy. Single in Hirnant Valley late pm
06/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair plus 4 Mandarin Duck (3M, 1F), 14 Goosander, Water Rail
04/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Pair plus Shelduck, Water Rail
02/03 Jack Snipe Montgomery. One in private garden
22/02 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. A male today
17/02 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 2 plus Green Woodpecker
11/02 Lesser Sp. Woodpecker Powis Castle. Plus 4 Hawfinch
04/02 Pink-Footed Goose Lake Vyrnwy. 30+ heading north at 11am. Also Goshawk, Willow Tit
31/01 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female & Shoveler(m), 13 Snipe, pr Oystercatcher, Shelduck
31/01 Merlin Welshpool. Male, top of Red Bank/Laundry Lane & 4 Redwing
26/01 Great White Egret Llangurig. Bird mid afternoon in field west of town
21/01 Blackcap Llanymynech. Female at garden feeders
19/01 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 14 (4 juv) just below village on left of the second rise going through from the Newtown direction.
18/01 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single fem. still & 5 Goosander (3m, 2f), 14 Snipe, Shelduck
18/01 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. c12 presumed Whoopers at west end of Aberhafesp pm
16/01 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. A single female
14/01 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. A singleton
13/01 Barnacle Geese Llyn Coed y Dinas. 6 long staying birds still & 8 Goosander, Water Rail
10/01 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 2+ plus Sparrowhawk, Goosander, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare & 30 Blackbird
07/01 Whooper Swan Caersws. 2 adult north along river Severn, seemed to drop near Aberhafesp
07/01 Pink-Footed Goose Lake Vyrnwy. 140+ (91, 24, c25) & 17 Whooper Swan over heading west am
06/01 Pink-Footed Goose Lake Vyrnwy. 39 over heading N to NW, afternoon
06/01 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 6 present
   
See Sightings Archive for older records

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Reed Warbler - Pwll Penarth

Two reeling away in front of the first hide - I wonder what's using this hide as a roost?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tawny Owl

3 calling,close to my house at Llandyssil tonight.

House Martin - Sarn

6 wheeling over the garden 20 mins ago - much earlier than last year (my first in the village last year was May 11)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Michael Leach talk at Bird Group on Wednesday 17th April

Just a reminder that on Wednesday 17th April , our speaker is Michael  Leach, who will be talking to us about "Owls of the World." Michael is a full-time author and photographer, with a passion for owls, and an excellent and popular speaker. Of the 250 owl species alive today, he has encountered more than half, and he will be telling us of his adventures with them around the globe over more than 20 years. Amongst those we 'meet', will be great horned, snowy, pygmy, great grey, spectacled and the biggest of them all - the deer-stalking eagle owl.

This is our last meeting of the season, and promises to be an excellent evening. It starts at 7.30, in Welshpool Methodist Hall as usual.

Everyone is welcome. Entry is only £2.50, and includes home-made refreshments.

Hope to see you there.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Llyn Coed Y Dinas PM

Beautiful Water Rail skulking in front of the hide this afternoon. Other highlights include Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck, and Common Sandpiper. Lovely to see the Sand Martins hunting over the water again, with few House Martins and Swallows too.






Pwll Penarth

Plenty of Blackcap males singing. No females seen. Several Chiffchaff seen and 2 Willow Warbler heard. Nice surprise to find a female Pied Flycatcher living up to its name. Chiffchaff photo I hope just shows the short Primary projection.

Black Redstart in Middletown

Mark Sulway just texted me a report of a Black Redstart in his garden in Middletown this morning. (I am not able to go looking for it as I'm in Valparaiso, Chile with Peruvian Boobies and Red-legged Cormorants!)  

Saturday, April 13, 2019

An early( ?) goosander brood

We usually see a female goosander circling around us each spring on the Wern, as if looking for a suitable nest site, or waiting for us to be out of the way before she settles on a nest. This year though, although we've seen a pair on the canal occasionally, there has been no evidence of potential breeding. But today, the wonderful and surprising sight of a female goosander with 6 small young on the canal, was all the proof  needed to know that goosanders have indeed bred successfully here, and it was all the more special for me as it was the first time I've ever seen a young goosander family. I only hope they avoid danger - we know there are some pretty large pike around, not to mention mink.


Fieldfare

Went for a walk in the fields around Montgomery Town Hill yesterday evening and saw a small flock of around 50 Fieldfare. They've been there for the past couple of weeks but will soon head North.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Pied Flycatchers

First Pied Flycatchers, two male and one female, today near Welshpool