Notable Recent Sightings

01/03 Hawfinch 1, seen well but briefly, Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, Welshpool
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

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Tail-free Lady still around

Remember this little lady - her tail obviously isn't going to grow, but she's doing fine!

Also our RLPs getting very familiar - ended up perched on the trough underneath my open study window, as I looked directly at them from a distance of 2 feet - not fazed at all, I'll be feeding them by hand soon!! Incidentally not a single pixel cropped off the last of these 3 images

Canon lenses potentially for sale

I may (and I say MAY) have a couple of lenses for sale - currently mulling over whether to stick my hand in my pocket and shell out for the pricey Canon RF equivalents.  Just wondering whether anyone local would be interested in either of these - all my gear is extremely well looked after so I'd categorise both as pristine, almost 'as new' condition with no marks or scratches and perfectly clean optics.  Both with original undamaged box, unused cases, instruction manuals etc etc

The lenses are:

Canon EF 24-70mm  f4 L IS USM - retails for £799, looking for £500

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM mk2 (the good one!) - retails for £2279, looking for £1600

Contact me either here or on email if interested

Llyn Coed-y-Dinas yesterday

With the hide still not open, I call occasionally to check for litter or signs of vandalism, and it would be rude not to have binoculars and camera. Yesterday there were 4 Reed Buntings plus the female Pochard, and also a female Goldeneye, which dived alongside the upending Shelduck for at least 5 minutes, presumably benefitting from the agitated water revealing invertebrates.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Brambling early morning

It would appear that Bramblings are on the move. We had 11+ in the garden early this morning, they looked pretty impressive grouped under a feeder. Most left when I had to replenish the feeders but still 3 or 4 as usual stayed all day.

Tree Sparrow, Sarn

Slightly better pic than last evening - 2 present so assume the birds that have been here on and off thru the winter - who needs a Brambling??? 

Brambling, Sarn

Single female Brambling very briefly in garden this morning, before disappearing presumably to join the hordes in Brian's garden!

Imagine the Dunnock in the pic below is a Brambling - that's pretty much exactly where she was ..... briefly!

Monday, March 01, 2021

Male Redpoll, Welshpool

Just making a cup of tea when I noticed a brown shape on what remains of the nijer seed.Turned out be a male Redpoll, first one seen this winter.

Tree Sparrow, Sarn

Now getting pretty elusive in the garden but still get the odd visit - shot thru the window a few minutes ago

Brambling, Welshpool

Brambling numbers seem to be building up over the last few days with up to five present in the garden at one time.The Blackcap is still present every day and very pleased to see a Goldcrest.No rings to any Brambling so far.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Yellowhammer - Lymore

I don't get to see these guys very often, but found a small flock of 10 feeding on the grain feed put out for the sheep.