Latest Sightings

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

Monday, September 01, 2014


Apart from the usual residents. Highlights of the afternoon :- 5 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpiper.Reed Warbler. 1 Adult and one juv. Willow Warbler. House Martins Still feeding well on the pool with two Sand Martins and just after 3.30 a Green shank dropped in onto the left side of the first island

Friday, August 29, 2014

Late swift?

Seen entering old nest in house on Bryn Crescent, Newtown. Reported to me yesterday by owner who is confident it was one. A bit late though?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

County House Martins Slump

Graham Williams reports that his annual count of occupied House Martin nests in the centre of Newtown has disappointingly confirmed a recent decline after a period of stability.

In 2010 there were 19 nests, followed by 20 in 2011 and 2012, a slump to 15 in 2013 and down to only 11 in 2014. Many, but not all, of the old nests are still in situ.

Graham comments that his survey covers a limited area only and hopes that other parts of the county are not similarly affected. Sadly my own experience of House Martin has seen a complete loss of nesting birds over the past 2 years from the Llanfyllin valley in which I live, and a fall in nesting pairs at Lake Vyrnwy.

Sedge Warbler photo

Mark Wilson has a lovely photo of the Sedge Warbler taken yesterday at Llyn Coed-y-dinas on his website which can be reached by clicking on the appropriate 'Mark Wilson Photos' on the right hand side

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wet Llyn Coed-y-dinas

A very wet and dull afternoon at C Y D, but plenty of juvenile and adult Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 2 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 2 Lesser B B Gull, 3 Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, male Kingfisher, male Blackcap (seen by Mark), plus usual.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another pigeon gone!

The juvenile Sparrowhawk killed another pigeon this afternoon just outside the kitchen door, after feeding for some time it flew off allowing the mess to be cleaned up. The carcass was thrown onto the lawn where the bird came back some time later to finish its meal.

Hand held 910mm equiv. lens through double glazing, so quite pleased with result.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yellow Wagtail, Llyn Coed-y-dinas

Yellow Wagtail dropped in quickly. 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch, Blackcap F, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Swallows, House Martins, Teal, C Heron etc.

Click on photos for bigger image

Monday, August 18, 2014

Llyn Coed-y-dinas today

Little Egret, female Blackcap, Great Crested Grebes with juveniles, Reed Warblers, Green Sandpiper, Swallows. Fairly quiet otherwise.

Included this Magpie showing its great plumage.

Garden Birds

Pictured in our garden yesterday (Oldford, Welshpool)... Bit of an amateur in identifying still (lol)
Would you say a Juvenile or Female Chaffinch? Or neither

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pwll Penarth

Pair of Little Grebe with at least one juvenile, fleeting appearance of a Kingfisher, Sedge and Reed Warblers, and Mallard.  Altogether fairly quiet.