Notable Recent Sightings

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Not much to report in Newtown today on the banks of the Severn, usual suspects, Female GSW and Goldfinch

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jays


Interesting that with the almost complete absence of acorns this Autumn, Jays are having to turn to beech mast. Unlike smaller species, they appear to take the whole fruit, rather than just the kernel.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Llyn Coed Y Dinas.

1 Nov 2018.

At least 1000 Canada Geese keeping all else off the water. One Moorhen and a typically wary Water Rail to left of hide. My latest ever Small Tortoishell Butterfly and Migrant Hawker Dragonfly also seen. Complete absence of small birds tho' as per the last 3 months; worrying.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ceri Ridgeway




Interesting account by Tony Cross on Ruffled Feathers (link on the right), about Crossbill ringing. There were certainly plenty to be found on the Ceri Ridgeway yesterday (flock of 30+), with juveniles present, and song-flight observed. Siskins feeding in the same area.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Shoveler


A male Shoveler has been present for the last 2 days at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, as well as Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon. Interesting to see large numbers of Woodpigeon recorded on the Radnor blog. They continued to move westwards early this morning over Welshpool - approx. 500.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Visible Migration - Welshpool

As on several bright clear mornings in the last week, and indeed for several years in the last weeks of October and early November, there were impressive numbers of high-level Woodpigeons heading westwards. Flock sizes varied between tens and several hundreds and must total at least 3-4 thousand this morning alone.
It would be interesting to see how far west of Welshpool they can be seen. My unproven theory is that they are heading for Ireland.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Lcyd 26th Oct

From Mark Wilson - Reed Bunting, Teal & Water Rail

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Whinchat? Kingfisher also Aberhafesp today, Whinchat from Keith Dorrell there were several together

Canada Geese LCYD

In amongst the Canada Geese are a few odd coloured birds. Some are hybrids (mostly from partnering feral farm geese) and others exhibit leucism as in the example below (pictured by Mark Wilson on 14th Oct).

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Today

The Canada Goose numbers at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas have increased to 650 today, as birds wintering in the Severn Valley continue to build up. 2 Little Egret were present, and 5 Snipe camouflaged themselves as they rested to the left of the hide. 2-300 Lesser Black Backed Gulls passed south westwards along the valley.
Meanwhile at home, my first Brambling of the winter was trapped and ringed.