Pre the tourist hordes ( I 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.
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.
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.A mouthful of May fly.Even the humble Blackbird deserves a look in now and again.And 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.A collective noun…..:- A “scrummage” of long tail tits.A jay from the other day ( it can’t get much worse) Cefnllys.
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!
(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. email@example.com
Bird(s) seen: 224 species listed at http://naturemonitoring.com/birdid-course-in-bulgaria-2015-the-end/
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.