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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tough time for chiffchaffs

We haven't heard a chiffchaff singing yet this year, but yesterday we had brief glimpses of one flitting from tree to tree in the garden, and this afternoon we were surprised when a small bird sped into a clump of rushes in the semi-frozen  Guilsfield Arm of the Mont Canal. It was hidden from sight for several moments, and we imagined it was probably a wren, but when it emerged it was obviously a warbler, which from then on was constantly on the move,  pecking fairly frantically at anything which might have been on the icy water surface. It seemed unaware of us, intent only on finding food - which surely must be in very short supply in these conditions. We can only hope it survives - and that the bitter cold doesn't prove too much for it.



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