Notable Recent Sightings

31/07 Rose-coloured Starling Llandyssil, in private garden. A county first!
21/07 Marsh Harrier Cors Dyfi
25/06 Quail Singing male, Glaslyn; also 1 at Old Hall on 17 June
15/06 Hawfinch One male flew into a Guilsfield window and recovered
09/06 Long-eared Owl Fledgling photographed at Cors Dyfi - confirmed breeding. 3 juvs seen
06/06 Great Egret Dolydd Hafren, 2. 1 in breeding condition with black bill.
12/05 Whimbrel Dolydd Hafren. Also a Hobby.
06/04 Long-eared Owl Cors Dyfi: attacking Osprey at nest repeatedly, also 10 April
06/03 White Stork Llanidloes. From Sussex re-introduction project, ring no. GB35
05/03 Osprey Flying west to east over Welshpool
01/03 Hawfinch 1, seen well but briefly, Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, Welshpool
28/02 Ring Ouzel Old Churchstoke
22/02 Merlin Carno Windfarm
21/02 Great Egret 6 together on Caersws floods
14/02 Hawfinch 10 at Ceinws, nr. Machynlleth
13/02 Firecrest Crew Green, in private garden
19/12 Short-eared Owl Llyn Mawr. Up to 10 in early Dec.
22/10 Cetti's Warbler 1 singing, Pwll Penarth. Still there, 9 Nov
18/10 Great Egret 2, Llandinam Gravels, also on 25 Oct
15/10 Brambling Llanfyllin
13/10 Merlin Between Dolanog and Pont Llogel
12/10 Merlin female chasing 150 Redwings, Llandinam
08/10 Common Scoter 1 female type, Lake Vyrnwy
04/10 Merlin Short Cross, Long Mountain, nr. Welshpool
12/09 Cetti's Warbler Pwll Penarth, singing.
03/06 Hawfinch Machynlleth. Female feeding in private garden.
01/06 Nightingale at Dyfi Osprey Project, near Machynlleth
17/05 Hoopoe Caersws/Carno area. Same bird as on 15th?
15/05 Hoopoe near Clywedog
24/04 Marsh Harrier South of Llanfyllin. Over again at 8:13pm. Heading NW.
05/04 Marsh Harrier South of Llanfyllin. Female type, circled over garden 1pm, then headed NW-ish
29/03 Firecrest Ceinws, nr Machynlleth, photo'd in garden
22/01 Hawfinch Llyn Coed y Dinas. On the verge across the road from the car park at lunch time
21/01 Whooper Swan Nr Penybontfawr. 6 calling low over at 0845 heading upstream
31/12 Tree Sparrow Sarn. A least 2 in garden - one also present on 1st
29/12 Pintail Llyn Coed y Dinas. 3 (2M/1F),Water Rail, 10 Goosander (5M,5F), 32 Cormorant
29/12 Great White Egret Newtown. Present am, bottom of bypass (Welshpool side) in field near road
28/12 Blackcap Welshpool. Male feeding in private garden
28/12 Whooper Swan Llyn Coed y Dinas. Single this afternoon
10/12 Great Northern Diver Lake Vyrnwy. Off dam early morning, before circling high and disappearing
See Sightings Archive for older records

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Dippers in May


While looking through 2020 photos which I might use in the annual bird report, I came across this portrait of a Dipper family on the River Carno near Pontdolgoch on 7 May this year. Ruth Jones Maclennan took it and has let me use it. Thanks Ruth. 

Thursday, September 02, 2021


 One landed in garden at Llanmerewig this afternoon. Possibly attracted by small body of water.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

LCyD 31 August

No change to the bird species showing at LCyD yesterday - what I assume is a Reed Warbler nest showing now, can't remember having seen one so clearly before (for info, in the slightly flattened reeds 20ft or so in front of the right window)

Late nesting Moorhen

Thanks to Claire Seddon for sending me this photo of a Moorhen with a new nest (four eggs is not a complete clutch) along the canal in Welshpool: long after most species have finished breeding for the year.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A Bird in the Hand

 Paul Roughley sent me these photos, taken at home near Abermule where he caught and ringed it. He asked me to confirm the identification.

I noticed the long, tapering tail, dark-spotted back contrasting with unmarked underparts, long thin bill and dull pink legs. These are all features of a Grasshopper Warbler. It may have been a local breeder, or a migrant on passage from further north. They breed in Wales in small numbers, often in young conifer plantations. When they are not singing, they are skulking and secretive, often running mouse-like on the ground. Thanks Paul - I am sure you knew what it was as soon as you saw it!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Waders on the move

Further to Chris' post below, worth noting Venus Pool has had a few wader sp visiting these past few days, namely 9 x Blackwit, 2 juv Ruff and 2 juv Wood Sand, so they're clearly on the move and worth keeping eyes on LCyD now we have some mud

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Lesser Whitethroat and Redstart near Montgomery

Thanks to Lionel Weaver who took these photos this morning through his window at home at Hendomen. To have these two in the same garden in the same morning is remarkable. Lionel adds, "this is the first time to have seen them in the garden in 22 years of being here."

Killing with Kindness? The argument against feeding birds

A recent research paper* raises the debate about feeding birds in our gardens. These buffets are brilliant for dominant species such as Blue and Great Tits, but have gradually pushed out weaker species - such as the Marsh Tits that stopped visiting our feeder about ten years ago. And then there's the question of disease such as Trichomonosis affecting Greenfinches. It's a thought-provoking issue! 


In other news:

OSPREY fishing in the Vyrnwy near Meifod, 20 Aug. 

A late SWIFT was over the Dyfi Osprey Project, 20 Aug. 

Thanks to Stuart Thomas and Will Ferguson for these records.