Posted by: bazzpugh | January 17, 2017

LLandod Lake and Garden.

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Posted by: Tony Ware | January 16, 2017

Claerwen valley.

75 + Fieldfare, 20 Mandarin, 10 Mallard, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Reed Bunting, Herring Gull and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere 40 + Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and a Stonechat at Pont ar Elan.

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 15, 2017

Lake etc.

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.

 

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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!

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Posted by: javrich | January 14, 2017

Treecreeper in Rhayader

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Well it’s not the best photo, but I’m in competition with Kev Joynes (not really).  I think I’ve got a way to go yet 🙂

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 14, 2017

Lake& Cefnllys.

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.

 

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Posted by: kevjoynes | January 13, 2017

L’dod Lake & Cefnllys.

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!

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Posted by: Tony Ware | January 10, 2017

Dull miserable and drizzle.

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.

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 10, 2017

Waxwings L’dod.

It’s not quite over yet! Well, they vanished yesterday , despite extensive searches , but we spotted them back past the Ridgebourne garage as you head for Builth at noon today.  Re 12+.

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Posted by: Tony Ware | January 8, 2017

Elan Valley

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.

Posted by: alinrhayader | January 8, 2017

Garden and further afield

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!

 

 

 

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