Notable Recent Sightings

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, November 25, 2020

Tree Sparrow again

More pics of this single and very intermittent visitor this morning - immediately after took these pics filled the feeder up since when it's not been back! 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Dolydd Hafren

This is a combined sightings list from Saturday and Sunday. 4 Water Rail in the reeds (first hide), ~20 Curlew, ~20 Lapwing, ~300 Lesser Black Backed Gull (half by the river and the other half in the fields near the farm), 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Teal and of course the thousands of Starlings roosting.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Floats Like an Egyptian

 Reported on 21st by Jeny Heard, an Egyptian Goose was still present today at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas, amongst 900-1000 Canada geese, which were uneasy due to an Otter patrolling at the far end of the lake. The adult and juvenile Great Crested Grebe remain, together with 20 Wigeon, 35 Teal and 20 Tufted Ducks. The Great White Egret can disappear from view into the reedbeds for many minutes, before raising its head again.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Poor little lady

 Wonder where the tail went?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Little bundles of joy!

 I do like these little cotton buds - announce their imminent arrival, cluster together, feed like mad for 20 seconds then off they go! Apologies for iffy pic but direct into the glaring lunchtime sun - mustn't complain after all the recent deluges!

Sarn Garden Birds

 A few pics from the garden these past few days using my study as a hide, camera on monopod, comfy chair, cup of tea etc etc.  Tree Sparrow has been a real pain in the proverbial to get on camera as not in all the time and tricky to keep track of with 80+ House Sparrow blitzing the feeders

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Flashback to summer


Yellow Wagtail is a scarce visitor to Montgomeryshire, preferring damp meadows and rough cattle or sheep pasture. Thanks to Andy Knight for the pic (from Bacheldre, near Churchstoke). He says, "there were at least two pairs here this summer, the last sighting as late as mid Oct. We’ve only lived here three summers, and they’ve been present every year. They regularly frequent the garden and roof. Afraid I haven’t got any smart equipment!" Never mind Andy, it's a great record shot. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Grebes and Egrets

 This morning the Grey Heron at Llyn Coed-y-Dinas was outnumbered by 2 Little Egrets and  2 Great White Egrets. The adult Great Crested Grebe is still feeding the only youngster reared this year, and popped up with a perch close to me. The youngster was more interested in making a splash!

Dolydd Hafren

Bit more of a show from the Starlings this evening compared with Friday. They formed a much larger group, but performed their tight formations quite close to the ground, preferring to fly between the car park and the first hide.

 It is not feathery but furry. We have caught a pine marten on our garden camera trap.