One seen flying across Troedyrdraen meadow near Pengarreg, Elan valley this morning; not heard though
Decided to have crack at the reed warbler just before a late Lunch and he did come out for a while, though not the throat vibrating song on the top of the reeds far too cold for that, a few Reed buntings and a fem black cap came to see what all the fuss was about. .One pair of G.C Grebes sitting.. on the fringes of the Island being watched in close proximity by three B.H gulls ( I wish they would B…….r Off) they have surely been the demise of several broods in the past.. rotters they are. I have not seen a sign of the other pair for at least 10 days… saying that they are likely to appear out of the blue carrying young. This morning on our sunday const down the river Ithon:- sighted 2 Kingfishers, Heron, chiffies, willow warbs Pieds and Redstarts…A pair of sparrow hawks ( yes a pair never seen two together before) they were giving grief to what looked like a water rail right in the margins of the river, saw us and flew off across the river and perched in a tree, then this poor water rail ( I think) came ripping out and flew across and got into some brushwood last seen.
I went up the lake with the soul purpose of attempting to get a pic of Carltons reed warbler…got a glimpse of him.. heard but hardly seen….blanked in that department…. but luckily all these others came out to play.Male wheatear Rhogo.Female wheatear.RhogoFemale Black cap Lake woodlands.Male willow warbler Lake .Male warbler in the Alders Lake.Pied wagtail….I’m just wondering if this is the same continental ringed bird I photographed last year in exactly the same place Rhogo….I have made an enlargement of his ringed foot hope it might throw some light for the ruffled feather lads.
Female Black cap, not the best…. looks like she’s just evaded the clutches of next doors cat… The male was singing beautifully a top the lilac bush in the early hours this morn….a fabulous alarm call. We have got two pairs close to the house… one in the patch and another across the railway line. I don’t know if its me but there seems to be more than usual about.