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, September 11, 2013

Up for grabs...

Despite setting up this blog several years ago for people to share their bird sightings across the county, it would appear that in some peoples minds I'm not allowed to make suggestion on ways to try and improve it. All I asked was for was a moderation in what was being posted to try and attract a wider audience. Surely this would be better for the blog? I do not recall mentioning any names nor asking for photos and posts to be delete, it was a suggestion made to all contributors! Worse still to be told that I contribute the least (admittedly there have been far fewer post from me recently, but unfortunately I do not live in the county at present and much of my work has taken me abroad for months at a time), is quite a shock!

I would like to offer anyone the opportunity to take over the blog, as I feel despite trying my best to please everyone I am not achieving this! I will continue to contribute to the blog when possible, but will no longer be the administrator,  because the stress of trying to please everyone has out weighed the enjoyment of  trying improve and encourage bird watching in Montgomeryshire.

14 comments:

  1. This blog has been great for getting news out in the county, before this a lot of things were only heard about till way after the matter, if at all!

    Nobody will ever please everybody, there will always be people who take comments in the wrong way. After all, it's sometimes hard for people to get the tone of what something is being said over the internet.

    I hope, and am sure, that people would like to echo my sentiments on what a great job you have done, and hope that you will reconsider and carry on with the running of your blog.

    Andy

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  3. For heaven's sake Paul, you are doing a brilliant job and should continue to do so.You cannot please everyone all the time and any position such as yours will ALWAYS attract a few knockers , who should be ignored unless they have something positive to add. You had the foresight and courage to set this blog up and thereby give pleasure to hundreds of folk who will be the poorer without you. you have more grit than this, so get back up there and administer the improvements that you consider desirable and you will find that you have all the backing you need. Sadly the vast majority usually stay silent and allow the few to make the noise : we are all with you down here and we all admire your efforts to bring birds and nature generally to the wider public. Please reconsider for the benefit of your supporting public.

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  4. As much as I appreciate your comments, I'm afraid I no longer wish to continue running the blog. As I said, the enjoyment for me has dissappeard. The blog was set up to share this enjoyment. If I'm not enjoying it, then it's going to reflect on how I run the blog. Some 'new blood' will hopefully get it back on the right track.

    Happy birding.

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  5. I have kept quiet up to now Paul but agree the Blog was getting a bit of a photo gallery.As one of the main culprits I will reduce my picture number, but hope the Blog does not die because of lack of posts.
    The reason for posting several photos of the Kingfisher for example was to show Chris that the bird did indeed use all the posts and I was wrong in telling him otherwise.
    The Blog is the best thing that's happened in Montgomershire as far as I am concerned and I would hate to loose it.
    Rise above it Paul! It may be worth while outlining a few simple ground rules ie only one photo per post, etc

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  6. Paul and everyone, as a user of this blog I need to give my perspective, which on the whole echoes the above messages and especially supports the sentiment of Paul’s original call for considerate use of the blog. From my perspective Paul, through the creation/administration of this blog you have helped introduce me to a community of birders in Montgomeryshire which has also gone form strength to strength because of this blog. It is testament to the kind of people who engage in birding and especially live in Montgomeryshire that this blog has been able to run so successfully as an open forum, unlike many other online communities including some more restricted bird blogs. Because of this freedom of expression we enjoy so much on the blog, it is to be expected that from time to time the conversation becomes a little unbalanced. In this respect it is totally reasonable that someone should occasionally readdress the balance, as you have done in asking people to use the blog in more consideration of its intended function: to share bird sightings and general enjoyment of birding in Montgomeryshire. I don’t think this issue is restricted to a proliferation of photographs on the blog, rather in this case it happens that lately there had been an emphasis on photography that presented a problem you have rightly addressed. I see the problem as an over emphasis on one aspect of the blog which made it less relevant to some and could be putting other contributors off, especially newcomers. The issue was made to look worse I think, by a lack of contributors of late (for no fault of their own) other than the photographers, many of whom happen to be very dedicated. In this respect I am guilty lately, of not helping the blog be as good as it can be by posting my sightings as well as just being a lazy birder; something I hope to resolve this Autumn. On the whole the blog works brilliantly because it is open, unregulated and inviting to all. The upshot of this is that we all have a responsibility for keeping it relevant to everyone, with a good balance of reports, news and the images that illustrate it so beautifully. Thank you so much Paul for standing up for this balance and caring to make the blog the best possible resource for everyone, I am sorry that on this occasion you have found it to be a thankless task as I’m sure many a good ‘chairman’ does at times. Chris W

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  7. Living in North Shropshire I find the Montgomery Bird Blog extremely useful to decide on destinations on days out.
    Personally I find blogs with out photographs a little dull and -as an example- the Shropshire Bird Blog is extremely well used, used by many who are not in a position to get out through physical, financial or time constraints.
    My own blogs which are almost only images achieve between them over five hundred hits per day.
    The North Wales Birding Blog is useful but one does get the impression that the 'main members' are somewhat dictatorial.

    If people don't want to look at the images it really is not much of a problem to 'mouse' thru' them to the text.

    At the end of the day be you twitcher, twitcher/photographer or photographer you all have the same goals. Please don't start bitching amongst yourselves as the people who purely enjoy all aspects of the blog are the ones who will suffer!

    Bill Nevett

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  8. Scrolling back through the blog archive months, randomly to March 2010, it would seem to have always had a high proportion of images and never have been a text sightings only site. Would you all not agree?

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  10. Don’t you dare quit !

    Paul
    After many years moderating blogs and running websites the backlash you have suffered just doesn't surprise me.
    You quite rightly asked the members to rethink their image submissions to the blog and some have taken it personally
    I urge you not to quit your position as an excellent moderator but, as you have said, set out some sensible ground rules and control on this issue.
    As for the bloggers who have contributed to this super site please don’t take offence at Paul's observations but give yourself time to think it through and help him to achieve,what I think is a valid point.

    Always remember it’s a HOBBY and a bloody good one at that, share it, talk to each other and I’m sure in the fullness of time and a little bit of patience it will all work out.

    Good luck and above all “ Keep On Birding.” Ken W Reeves (Rocksinger) www.burbagebirders.co.uk

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  13. Yes, I think we've lost a bit of perspective. Without the blog my birding would be a lot poorer and thank you Paul for that whatever decision you make. My son ran Richard Dawkins's blog for a while and it was a nightmare!(for my son that is).

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  14. Paul, you've done a great job here raising the profile of birding in Monts. Well done.
    We have had exactly the same issue in North Wales when we set up the North Wales Bird forum. It soon changed from a sightings and interesting identification forum into a photographers and beginners discussion site. I had, and still have got no problem with this but the direction of the forum changed, there was bickering and back biting and we lost many 'birders' as a result. That is why the We Bird North Wales bird blog was set up so that it could be kept to a sightings and i.d. blog.
    It's a shame Bill Nevett (above) has a go at the main contributors of WBNW especially as he doesn't know any of us. Bill - if you're reading, please get in touch and I would be happy to include you as a contributor to that blog - I'm far from dictatorial, just trying to keep the forum and blog seperate for different 'types' of birders.
    The North Wales forum, like this forum, serves it's audience well and is a great way for people to shre their love of birds and nature. However, as Paul says, if too many of one 'type' of members contribute, it soon alienates the others. It would be shame to see the Monts blog go the same way. The Ceredigion and Pembs blogs seem to have a perfect balance and there is never any falling outs due to posts and personalities. Whether Paul finds a brave man to take over, or he ends up carrying on, long may this site continue.
    Cheers
    Marc

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