Not much on today , ‘cept the Grey wag @ L’dod lake…I SHALL get him! A pair of Bullfinches and not much more. Same at home , save a brief visit from Mr Sprawk-I think we are now in year eleven! Thought folk might like a close up of the Waxwing : the weird red tips to the secondaries resemble the red wax used to seal letters-thus some enterprising ancient christened them.Males tend to have more as well as brighter yellow flashes on the primaries.
Another rose hip down! Would you believe the record for berry consumption goes to a bird in Carmarthen which scoffed 600+ in 6 hours!!! 3x its body weight!
Still got Waxies outside Newbridge , so the” quartennial” fun is not over yet! BUT… we were stuck in town with the usual disgusting Jan gloom and round the lake-13+ Goosanders and a couple of Reed Bunts, plus a pair of Bullfinches. Saw a Song Thrush and a guy commented that it was the first one he’d seen in years!!
Up here 8 LT Tits , Treecreeper & Goldcrest which has become a regular -always amuses me when we were reared on the idea that insectivores just ate insects!!! When desperate , they scoff peanut bits and sunflower bits and any fat going ,etc.etc.
Oh well! Back to the mundane-seems our exotic visitors have moved on, so back to Reed Bunts at the lake after a long absence plus the Grey Wag , spotted by Shirley and also the Redpolls @ Cefnllys which seem to be having a bad year?? I expected an influx with the snow , but nowt unusual. Our LTts are being miserable: I spot TWO in our apple tree , but damned if they will pose save on the planks!
Elan Valley : And snow on the way lets all hope it brings some birds on the wing with it. Today on Garreg Ddu there were 22 Mallard, over at D y n reservoir there were 20 Mandarin, 7 Goldeneye and 5 Mallard, on the River Claerwen there were 2 Dipper, and at Pont ar Elan a pair of Stonechat.
Goldeneye (7) Goosander (4) and a few Mallard on D y n. Mandarin (20) on Garreg Ddu. Otherbirds include Fieldfare (200 +) Redwing (30 +) and Stonechat (10). A Mistle Thrush was carrying nest material, Woodpeckers were drumming and a few woodland birds were singing.
Jack Snipe: An excellent Elan Valley record 4/1/17 of this species.
Well one of my new year’s resolutions is to be less of a lurker and to post a few more things on the blog, so here we go..
Highlight in the garden at the moment is a lovely Song Thrush who seems to have taken a liking to the taste of the earthworms in our lawn. We have also had a few pale beaked ‘continental’ black birds. On the feeders plenty of Starlings, nuthatch, coal & blue tits.
Unbelievably, the house sparrows have already started to stake claims on our bird boxes and I even saw one with some material in its beak, they obviously didn’t watch the Countryfile forecast tonight and will have a bit of a shock later this week..
Slightly further afield, the fields above Bwlch y Sarnau had large numbers of winter Thrush and Starling. Seemed to be mainly Redwing, but a few Fieldfare about as well. With temperatures plummeting in Europe numbers seemed to have topped up again. A couple of Buzzards were also worming.
Did not see the Waxwings again today, but can’t complain after yesterday’s treat, many thanks all again!