Notable Recent Sightings

12/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female plus 2 drake Pintail, 2 female Goosander
11/12 Long-eared Owl near Mochdre. One plucking prey on fence post
11/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2F & 100 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 7 Lapwing, 6 Snipe
10/12 Hawfinch Welshpool. One briefly in private garden.
10/12 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. Single.
08/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female still, plus 6 Barnacle Geese, Shelduck.
08/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. Feeding on hawthorn by castle gardens
03/12 Blackcap Montgomery. Female visiting private garden
02/12 Goldeneye Llyn Coed y Dinas. Female present
01/12 Hawfinch Powis Castle. At least 12 this morning
30/11 Short-eared Owl Lake Vyrnwy. 2 on moors in the Gadfa area
29/11 Hawfinch Powis Castle. Present around car park
29/11 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. At least 17 this morning plus Shelduck
28/11 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 23 this afternoon (8m, 15f)
26/11 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single this morning
25/11 Brent Goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. 2 from 11am. Barnacle Geese still present & the Black Swan
23/11 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake plus 6 Barnacle and c1000 Canada Geese
23/11 Hawfinch Powis Castle. Present around car park but elusive
21/11 Hawfinch Newtown. 6 in churchyard by Elephant & Castle 15.45-16.15.
21/11 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 8+ around car park 8.30 - 10.30. 1 nearby at LCYD briefly 11am
19/11 Mandarin Duck Meifod. 41 flying up river
16/11 Hawfinch Newtown. 1 over Elephant & Castle 12.15pm
12/11 Blackcap Welshpool. Male at the High School
12/11 Starling Dolydd Hafren. c10,000 to roost & 53+ Magpie, Brambling this evening
10/11 Great Grey Shrike Dyfnant Forest. First report of the winter at private site.
10/11 Barnacle Goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. At least 2 plus 2 Water Rail.
09/11 Barnacle Goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. 6 apparently there since 5th. Likely feral origin.
08/11 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 4 around car park trees this morning
06/11 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 9 in car park trees lunch time
06/11 Hawfinch Llanfyllin. One in trees this afternoon north of town
05/11 Dunlin Lake Vyrnwy. 1 over heading west at Gadfa, 170+ Chaffinch, Brambling, Merlin, c40 Fieldfare
03/11 Brambling Welshpool. Male on garden feeders plus Marsh Tit
02/11 Whooper Swan Lake Vyrnwy. 4 over at Gadfa
02/11 Goldeneye Llyn Grinwydden. Male + 2 Wheatear & Reed Bunting on Mynydd Waen Fawr
30/10 Red-breasted Merganser Upper Dyfi Estuary. Female this morning plus 8 Snipe, Dipper
28/10 Hawfinch Powis Castle. 4+ and 1500 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 1500 Woodpigeon (all heading west), 40 Greenfinch & 30 Chaffinch
28/10 Brambling Ceri Ridgeway. 10 feeding on beech mast with 30 Chaffinch
28/10 Shoveler Llyn Coed y Dinas. Drake present
27/10 Ring-necked Parakeet Wern. One still around, north of Guilsfield
26/10 Great White Egret Fan Pool. One into roost this evening.
23/10 Ring Ouzel Lyn Mawr. Plus 2 Kestrel, 10 Golden Plover, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Heron, Mallard, Coot
21/10 Ruff near Llanerfyl. One trapped & ringed at night at private site
20/10 Ring-necked Parakeet Wern. One north of Guilsfield and still present 23rd Oct
19/10 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. 2 males today plus c60 Crossbill, 30+ Redwing, Peregrine
10/10 Brambling Lake Vyrnwy. Female near shop. A few Redwing.
07/10 Yellow-browed Warbler near Llanfyllin. One moving through hedgerows near Cwm Nant y Meichiad
05/10 Hobby Cors Dyfi. Good views of a hawking bird today
14/08 Ringed Plover Llyn Coed y Dinas. Juvenile still present
14/08 Water Rail Llandinam Gravels. One present today
13/08 Ringed Plover Llyn Coed y Dinas. Juvenile plus Common & Green Sandpipers
04/08 Osprey Welshpool. Juvenile over Leighton Weir this morning
29/07 Hobby Newtown. 2 birds on pylon just outside town
12/07 Cattle Egret Cors Dyfi. Single present
06/07 Hobby Llwynderw. Single hunting for 30 mins
20/06 Tree Sparrow Sarn. One on garden feeder
12/06 Gannet Llyn Coed y Dinas. Adult at 10am, mobbed by BH Gulls, then found on the bypass and taken into care
05/06 Hawfinch Dolanog. 1 in private garden feeding on Wych Elm seed
03/06 Hawfinch Dyfnant Forest. Single bird present today
31/05 Common Scoter Lake Vyrnwy. Single off Old Village CP
25/05 Crag Martin Lake Vyrnwy. Single over dam at 12.30pm but not seen since (by 13.30)
16/05 Greenshank Lake Vyrnwy. 1 passage bird on Gadfa Road
13/05 Common Gull Lake Vyrnwy. Flock of 7 over lake late morning
01/05 Black Tern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present 7.30 until 10.30am and Dunlin
19/04 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. 1 still around & Cuckoos have arrived
13/04 Grasshopper Warbler Frochas Common. 1 heard
12/04 Pochard Llyn Ebyr. 3 present & c25 Sand Martins, 2 Swallow, Great-crested Grebe
11/04 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. Sightings over dam/hotel heading up lake at c11am & c1.30pm
09/04 Great White Egret Dolydd Hafren. One plus Common & Green Sandpipers
09/04 Marsh Harrier Lake Vyrnwy. One over noon, Great Grey Shrike still on Bala Road & male Ring Ouzel at Gadfa
05/04 Osprey Lake Vyrnwy. One over 1pm & Great Grey Shrike on Bala Road in afternoon
04/04 Brent goose Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single with Canadas - probably same bird as at Dolydd Hafren 14/3
03/04 Brambling Welshpool. Single male in private garden
02/04 Redstart Welshpool. Male present pm
02/04 Swallow Forden. 3 on the Fron. Obviously a few around now.
02/04 Swallow Lake Vyrnwy. Single
02/04 Swallow Felindre. Single, a few Sand Martin & Blackcap singing Llanidloes
01/04 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. 4 (3m, 1f) at Gadfa near first ruined building. Singing Willow Warbler, 3 Redwing, a few Fieldfare, 2 Great Black-backed Gull on lake off Tower.
31/03 Willow Warbler Llanidloes. Singing bird and 10+ Sand Martin, 90 Black-headed Gull (30th)
27/03 Ring Ouzel Lake Vyrnwy. Male at Gadfa loosely associating with Fieldfare (evening). Wheatear and Sand Martin also around.
27/03 Tree Pipit Frochas Common. 1 displaying
26/03 Great White Egret Caersws. 1 over west to east
24/03 Little Ringed Plover Caersws. 5 along the Severn plus 6 Oystercatcher, 11 Snipe, 50 Curlew, 15 Teal, 1 GBB Gull, 8 LBB Gull, 400 B-H Gull, 1 Sand Martin
24/03 Whooper Swan Caersws. 8 nearby opposite Red House
23/03 Great Grey Shrike Lake Vyrnwy. 1 hunting top end of lake on Bala Road at 7:50am
16/03 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Male present
16/03 Great White Egret Machynlleth. One near station at 12.30pm
15/03 Sand Martin Machynlleth. 2 along river west of Dyfi bridge
14/03 Brent Goose Dolydd Hafren. Single bird this evening
12/03 Great Grey Shrike Machynlleth. In field between railway line and River Dyfi OS ref SH73972 01135
12/03 Merlin Lake Vyrnwy. 1 seen to predate Reed Bunting plus Goshawk, Red Kite, 17 Stock Dove
12/03 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. 4 still present
25/02 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 pm
24/02 Tree Sparrow Guilsfield. Wern area - pair in private garden
22/02 Whooper Swan Aberhafesp. 12, at least one young bird, most easily seen from back road out of Aberhafesp to Caersws
21/02 Pochard Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still 4 present plus 7 Shoveler, 26 Tufted, 14 Wigeon, 15 Lapwing, 16 Snipe
20/02 Hen Harrier Carno. Male flew across road between Carno-Talerddig by roadworks at 2.35pm
19/02 Chiffchaff Pwll Penarth. A few overwintering birds present with at least 1 showing Siberian Tristis characteristics. Also on 18th
15/02 Bearded Tit Dolydd Hafren. Male 4:30pm, on ponds to left of pine tree hide nearest to osprey pole - on fronds of common rush near the water
15/02 Waxwing Guilsfield. Wern area - single in private garden & 200+ Lapwing between the Breiddens & Wern
08/02 Bittern Dolydd Hafren. in front of 1st hide 10.30am for 5 mins then flew towards 2nd hide. Also at dusk near 2nd hide in field near bench & dead tree
31/01 Bearded Tit Dolydd Hafren. A male mixing with Reed Bunting calling and visible on top of the small island of reeds between the first hide & the river between 2-4pm.
30/01 Waxwing Guilsfield. 9 in private garden (Wern area). 5-10 have been present for past week
30/01 Waxwing Newtown. 24 in smaller car park at 'back' of College
29/01 Waxwing Newtown. 12+ at the college
29/01 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present
27/01 Waxwing Newtown. c.50 today on Vaynor Estate next to the college
27/01 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still plus 3+ Pochard, Water Rail, Kingfisher
26/01 Blackcap Welshpool. Male in private garden & pair Brambling
26/01 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still present
26/01 Waxwing Newtown. c.40 on Vaynor Estate a couple of which ringed in Scotland
25/01 Waxwing Newtown. 20+ around Heol-y-nant and flying across railway towards college
24/01 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Still plus Pochard, Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher
23/01 Bittern Llyn Coed y Dinas. Present since 21st, in front of main hide plus 4 Pochard
23/01 Waxwing Newtown. 20+ in trees on Heol Vaynor today
22/01 Waxwing Newtown. 35+ on the estate behind college late morning
21/01 Waxwing Kingswood. 4 on Offa's Dyke path south of village
18/01 Waxwing Abermule. 3 at 1:30pm
18/01 Waxwing Newtown. c.8 on Vaynor estate
17/01 Waxwing Guilsfield. 20 in private garden and 4 north of this
17/01 Waxwing Churchstoke. 14 in trees, upper car park Tuffins supermarket 8:40am
16/01 Waxwing Newtown. c.8 on Vaynor estate
16/01 Marsh Harrier Dolydd Hafren. A probable male reported - quartered for 15 mins am
16/01 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single still present
15/01 Little Egret Llanidloes. Present today near main bridge
15/01 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. 1 on water 1pm
15/01 Waxwing Newtown. 20+ at College 1:45pm
14/01 Waxwing Montgomery. 1 in private garden plus female Blackcap
14/01 Waxwing Newtown. 12+ today
13/01 Waxwing Newtown. Some present - flighty.
12/01 Waxwing Newtown. 15+ mobile - at college and the Vaynor Estate
11/01 Waxwing Newtown. 22 at college
10/01 Waxwing Newtown. 12+ in hawthorn alongside railway at college
09/01 Waxwing Newtown. 11 today in hawthorn bordering railway line at college
08/01 Waxwing Newtown. 9 in hawthorn bordering railway line at college 1.15pm
07/01 Short-eared Owl Llyn Mawr. Hunting in field south of lake at 4.45pm
07/01 Great White Egret Machynlleth. In fields to west of town at 2pm
07/01 Waxwing Newtown. 8 in college grounds in Hawthorn bordering railway line 3pm
06/01 Waxwing Newtown. 6 in tall tree in College grounds c.9am. Flew towards Vaynor estate.
06/01 Waxwing Machynlleth. 30+ still
06/01 Blackcap Welshpool. Female in private garden plus Brambling
05/01 Waxwing Guilsfield. Wern area - 30+ in private garden (the first since those on 2nd Jan)
05/01 Waxwing Machynlleth. 16 still including a bird ringed in Aberdeen on 27th Nov that was also seen Llandudno 30th Dec
05/01 Hen Harrier Cors Dyfi. Female this afternoon
04/01 Waxwing Machynlleth. 15+ in trees around library. Also present on 3rd.
02/01 Waxwing Guilsfield. Wern area - 20+ in private garden
02/01 Waxwing Newtown. One opp. golf course in a tall tree. Flew off over golf course c.10am
   
See Sightings Archive for older records

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

LCyD late afternoon

Thanks Brian for the blog re the terns. Called in to LCyd for an hour or so this afternoon -and in for a treat - still 1 Arctic and 1 Common tern there at about 4.15, and 2 yellow wagtails (both male I think)on the bank to the left of the hide. Also 2 oystercatcher, Shellduck, female blackcap and good views of a reed warbler singing in the reeds in front of the hide, as well as the usual birds. A good number of swallows and sand martins too. Looked hard for the Mediterranean gulls mentioned on the sheet but couldn't spot them.
On a different note - please can anyone give me any advice re what to think about when choosing a new tripod for a scope? Have had a Velbon CX 640 tripod for some years now, since first having a scope, but find it is not very stable and I get a lot of 'wobble/shake' if it is extended upwards to any height or if there is a breeze. Also, I guess the fact that much of it is plastic may make it less robust. Would welcome any advice as to what to look for in an upgrade ( have been promised one as a birthday present, but don't really know the pros and cons eg aluminium/carbon fibre etc.) I'm sure individual preferences will vary but feel sure that many bloggers will have much more expertise in this field than I have. Thanks.

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  1. Hi Sue. You're right re the wobbling bit - tripods are one of those things where the more you pay the more stable the construction. A good solid aluminium tripod would do the job as would carbon although carbon, while lighter, are a lot more expensive. Things to consider - what height do you want the tripod to operate at, do you want to be able to take the centre column out and use with a hide clamp, is weight an issue, what weight do you want it to support (though with a scope that shouldn't be an issue in that market) what head do you want to use with it (head choice is as important as the tripod)? Personally I wouldn't look beyond either Manfrotto or Gitzo but really it's down to how much you have to spend - ideally find someone who has a decent range and go and try (Focus Optics are always good but a bit of a trek given they're over Coventry way).

    Aluminium - make sure you go for a tubular construction, more robust but slightly heavier than carbon but give good stability, pretty bombproof material

    Carbon - very light and stable but expensive, more subject to knocks and chips than aluminium so need a bit more care or protection

    Final point - to help stability in wind etc hang a weight (small rucksack, bean bag etc) from the centre column

    Hope this helps ... a bit!

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    1. Thanks so much Mark. It is good of you to have given the time and thought to a really useful series of tips and advice. I can now think about the right things - especially what type of head to use (my Velbon is obviously a pretty basic model, and came complete with head - it was a surprise present many years ago so I hadn't realised that the head and tripod come separately).

      I think we can incorporate a visit to Focus Optics with a trip to our daughter in the East of England, so will now be able to try some tripods out bearing your comments in mind. Guess tubular alumininum would be a safer bet for me - I need something pretty bombproof!

      Thanks again - you've been a great help.

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  2. No problem Sue - had a Manfrotto aluminium pod for a while as you know but moved over to a Gitzo carbon - nothing wrong with the Manfrotto other than it didn't go high enough for me. Most tripods don't but this Gitzo does which has made a hell of a difference. In terms of stability though no difference between them. The real decision I think is over the kind of head you need for a scope, the range is vast and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference - hence spend a bit of time trying them out. Focus is very good for that.

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    1. Thanks Mark - you must be constantly 'on the Blog'to have replied so quickly! have just checked out the Focus Optics website - looks great, and good to know they encourage customers to take their time so that personal preferences can be realised. Hope to get there within the next few weeks. Looking forward to a head that suits me!!!

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  3. Just nipped in for lunch so your reply was well timed - back behind the camera now as have got first redpoll in garden since we moved

    MW

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    1. Thanks again for all the help Mark - I absolutely LOVE your first pic of the redpoll.Glad they've now arrived in your garden.

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    2. Cheers Sue - will get better though! Just need the Yellowhammer to come seek us out - was only 200 yards or so up the hill from the back hedge so everything crossed

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  4. I recently purchased the Opticron pro birdwatchers tripod together with 701 Manfrotto pan head (2 way) OK it was a reccomended combination for my scope but I am pleased with it. I use a company online called `Sherwoods` but it is worth looking at a `price checker` site to maybe get the best deal.

    Regards
    Trevor Rogers

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    1. Thanks Trevor - it's really useful getting first hand experience. Will follow your advice, and check prices.
      All the best

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