Posted by: steeejones | October 21, 2016

Fieldfares @ Claerwen

Huge numbers of Fieldfare finally put in an appearance in the Elan Valley. Around 4000 birds up the Claerwen favouring the slopes between Dolymynach and Ciloerwynt. A few hundred Redwing and Starling with them. An amazing sight when they were spooked into flying en masse around the valley. Inevitably the birds attracted the attention of a Peregrine. Also a few Bramblings, 12 Redpolls and a few Goldcrests about. On Dolymynach a lone Wigeon with the Mallards.

Posted by: bazzpugh | October 20, 2016

LLanbwlchllyn Lake.

_j8a7871Made a visit to the lake last Tues to show my wife Joy the G.W.E… Well it was still about but in its usual preferred haunt about 400 yards away Hey Ho..but a sighting and a first for Joy….Loads of tufties ,Teal, wigeon above disturbed by some raptor. ( Probably the goshawk)_j8a7849Two cormorant, a Juv and Adult great Crested Grebe._j8a7855A red Legged partridge came down for a rummage in the Margins ….”Bonjour_j8a7827We were joined By Mr Dick Cridlen for the later part of our stay in the hide…Nice to meet you Dick and to echo your words “Nice to put a face to a name” ¬†On our way out of the hide we heard this hullabaloo screeching, and what we could only describe as a goshawk¬†was having a go at the Partridge… fancied a little french cuisine sans doubte.

Posted by: kevjoynes | October 19, 2016

Elan 2

Since Tony has done the figures, here are a few pics this p.m. all in Claerwen valley.






BRAMBLING-just visible!


And distant MANDARINS.

Posted by: Tony Ware | October 19, 2016


200 + Fieldfare and 5 Redwings at Ciloerwynt farm, On D y m 4 Mandarins flew in 12-30, also present 2 Little Grebes and a Chiffchaff. On Caban Coch there were 2 Cormorants and 2 more flew over. 3 Goosander flew over Garreg Ddu early this morning after roosting there, and a single Brambling is with 4 Chaffinchs down by the Sawmill.


Ring Ouzel: A single female type was seen with 200 + Fieldfare at Troedrhiwdraen, along with 20 + Redwings, and 2 female and a male Brambling. More Fieldfare 50 +, were at the Hirnant along with a pair of Stonechats, and at Pont ar Elan a pair of Stonechats and a single Kestrel.

News of late: A Chiffchaff was singing in Cnwch wood, and a Red-legged Partridge was seen at Pont ar Elan.

Posted by: kevjoynes | October 19, 2016

L’dod Lake.

_dsc6367_filtered-copyAs Carol reported , the Goosanders are back ( well, in and out!). John Leafe had 12 yesterday , but we are down to 4 today. No sign of Little Grebe.


Posted by: kevjoynes | October 18, 2016

Fieldfares etc.

Up the Elan p.m. and thence the Claerwen : just past the farm and a swirling horde of Fieldfares caught our eyes. At least 200+. They refused to settle for ages, until a few dropped onto the line of Rowans, fidgeting uneasily-my guess would be newly arrived. Managed some distant pics : see if you can spot the Redwing (extreme left!)-didn’t realise until I enlarged the pic,which has 20 odd Fieldfares in it.

On to the dam and an autumnal Dipper pottering round the weir-looks as if Tony has been at it! Add 2 Buzzards worming and it made a fair outing.





Posted by: robin100 | October 18, 2016

Woodcock @ Elan Valley

(via Guy Bennett) Saw two woodcock whilst walking down the dirt track from the Claerwen dam to Strata Florida.

Posted by: kevjoynes | October 17, 2016

L’dod Lake-Carol Taylor

Carol spotted 6 Goosanders returning today and heard the Water Rail by the lagoon-one thing’s for sure : he wont be feeding in the reeds along the roadside anymore!!!

Posted by: sjhammie | October 16, 2016


Waiting for the Great White Egret to come closer, then a flash of blue, seen from the hide at 3.30pm

Waiting for the Great White Egret to come closer, then a flash of blue, seen from the hide at 3.30pm

Posted by: bazzpugh | October 16, 2016

Little Grebe Lllandod Lake.

_j8a7696Its been about for a couple of days now.. distant shot….seemed to enjoy the lagoon area near by where the heron sometimes perches, but today it was showing top end near the new fishing platform dipping pool._j8a7743A recent one of marsh tit one of three that visit the stump.

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