Posted by: kevjoynes | May 25, 2015

Cefnllys & Rogo

Trying to catch up! A Redpoll @ Cefnllys which looks pale enough for a Mealy, ‘cept we don’t usually see one at this time of year! F_DSC5585_filtered_DSC5488_filteredemale Stonechat busy feeding fledged young up Rogo.

Posted by: kevjoynes | May 23, 2015

Elan Valley -yest.

Pre  the tourist hordes ( _DSC8659_filtered_DSC8746_filtered_DSC8823_filtered_DSC8842_filteredI know , they help us survive!) , we popped up the Elan – A Green Woodie  @ Elan Village and saw all 3 usual hirundines on Claerwen dam. The swallows were intent on trying to enter the portal to the dam , even with us standing there! The Ravens have fledged , but Mrs K still sitting-hope it’s not another disaster! Redstart singing.

On up above Craig Goch and 4 pairs of Whinchats up to Pont ar Elan ,plus the Wheatears on up the road back. 2 male Curlews advertising territory round Craig Goch.

Posted by: kevjoynes | May 21, 2015

The Cygnets from Heather.

Probably one hiding with dad or on Ma’s back Heather.20150521_6

Posted by: kevjoynes | May 20, 2015

Cygnets @ L’dod Lake

4 cygnets appeared yesterday and look absolutely lovely in the sun today-yes…SUN! Reed Warb still at it and a Wood Warb on the cafe side. I include a pic from last May to remember how great it was to have these nesting in the garden…sadly , no such luck this time._DSC0122_filtered

Posted by: kevjoynes | May 19, 2015

House Martins @ Cefnllys.

Back home and delighted to see House Martins inspecting the nest-mind , more days like today and they’ll be off! We recorded SEVEN degrees round 14:30!!! A_DSC5778_filteredDSC_4377_filtered pic of the Coal tit looking suitably bedraggled and a Song Thrush peering at a Cowslip in a drier moment!

Posted by: bazzpugh | May 18, 2015

Down the River Ithon.

I went down with the soul intention of wading the river Ithon to the Llanyre side to try for some sand martins.. They have recolonized their colony after a severe spate put end to all nesting opportunities last year….Some hope after the rain …but all was not lost.036A mouthful of May fly.003Even the humble Blackbird deserves a look in now and again.135And these lot stuck in a middle of a hawthorn bush…. There were 12 of them all lined up being fed by the two energetic parents L.T.Tits… what a pic if they would have been out in the open.176A collective noun…..:- A “scrummage” of long tail tits.007A jay from the other day ( it can’t get much worse)  Cefnllys.

Posted by: llysdinam | May 17, 2015

In the garden over the last week.

Not many migrant birds seen in the garden this year though lucky to have this pair of pied flycatchers nesting in one of our boxes at the bottom of a clump of trees also home to a pair of nesting nuthatches and starlings.  Both using old woodpecker holes for the second consecutive year.  What’s happened to greenfinches – have not seen one this year?  Have they been smitten by disease?  Finally can someone remind me how to separate the pictures on the post – ta!untitled-2732 untitled-2738 untitled-2755 untitled-2792 untitled-2797 untitled-2802

Posted by: robin100 | May 15, 2015

Overseas Birding

(via Bob Dennison) For the second year running, I have taken advantage of a subsidised overseas birding opportunity that seems almost too good to be true – but isn’t! Others may be interested to do the same.

In the Spring 2014 Issue (17) of the BIS Newsletter http://www.b-i-s.org/upload/library/BIS%20Newsl.%20Spring%202014.pdf
is an account of last year’s field study trip to Bulgaria – run and subsidised by the University of Nord Trøndelag in Norway. I have recently repeated the Bulgaria trip and have registered for the next trips to Finnmark and Morocco on the same basis.

Taken with a small Leica Lumix, here are a few of the treats awaiting anyone who wishes to do the same. Feel free to e mail me if you want to have a chat about this great value scheme. rd19366@gmail.com

Bird(s) seen: 224 species listed at http://naturemonitoring.com/birdid-course-in-bulgaria-2015-the-end/

  
  

Photos :-
1. Wallcreeper, Trigrad Gorge
2. Scops owl, Krumovgrad
3. Pied wheatear, Black Sea coast
Posted by: Tony Ware | May 15, 2015

Yellow Wagtail and Goldfish.

Elan Valley: Pont ar Elan. A Redshank, Curlew (3 pairs), Canada Goose (2) and a Cuckoo. Dolymynach, Great Crested Grebe and Goosander (3). On the River Elan, a Goosander with 9 ducklings. Bird of the day was a male Yellow Wagtail that dropped down briefly on the stream at Hirnant farm. Standing on the bridge over the River Claerwen, watching a Dipper feeding its young, a friend and I were amazed to see 2 Goldfish swimming, in the shallows below the bridge, A new Elan record ?. Glannllyn lake, Teal (2) Heron (1) and Stock Dove (3) flew over. Other birds, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat and Mippits all over.

Posted by: bazzpugh | May 15, 2015

Hawfinch LLandrindod Wells.

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A first for me in Radnorshire……Taken this morning in a private garden Cefnllys lane…..a big thank you to Barry for giving me a call last night very much appreciated…. and luckily as result, the bird still present.176

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