Taking a trip into town and having my camera with me I was delighted
to have spotted what I thought at first sight was a Heron.
Stopped to photograph and discovered it was a Cormorant, I then noticed some distance from it a Great Egret.
Managed a couple of photos.
Still there on return trip from town.
Wow! Wot a garden tick! Margot Seymour had a Curlew in the garden this a.m. up Pentrosfa @ D olydd overlooking the mire. Wish I’d been there with camera!
(via Jane) one seen this morning at 7.30 (Grid reference SO069767).
I’ve been listening out for the first one and this morning it paid off! Other birds already making themselves noticed round here are Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Robin, Sparrow, Wren, Nuthatch, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, plus Ravens, Rooks, Jackdaws, Starling, Red Kites, Crows, Jays and of course Woodpeckers are adding to the mixed chorus. Anything else heard display calling or singing from where you are? I’ve heard Blackbirds sing in December and January but only in cities.
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Been a tremendous week on our garden feeders, making the most of our proximity to the railway line. Four different Bramblings, up to c.20 Goldfinches at a time, the odd Greenfinch, couple of Redpoll, Siskins, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper along with the Great Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Dunnock and Robin.
Just in time for the
Wonder if other folk are having our experience, as following the snow , everything vanished save the usual few-even the Starlings “hopped” it! Then the drop in temp produced an influx today , but still low numbers : we saw 12 Starlings at our windfalls-unfair ; John Leafe has Redwings AND Fieldfares out at Xgates on their apples! The lake recovered its Goosanders after the ice-17 at one point plus a Cormorant and t’other day a Heron after an absence. Finally , a Pied Wagtail in town outside Kevin’s paper shop! What food there? Greggs ‘ droppings perhaps? No camera of course!The intruder is one of our lovely Bank Voles as per.
Its been a long long time since i have seen Lapwings on or around our Golf Course.
Yesterday we had 7 flying over the course, they then landed on the field next to our
14th fairway. Glad i had my binoculars. Stunning birds.
So the sun came through yesterday and lit up the remaining snow on the hills-beautiful at last-shame today was a grey waste! Finally got one of the Long tailed Tits-have to mention that Liz (Edwards) has a Short tailed Tit visiting her feeders-not a new variety , but a slight mishap! Ours have taken to visiting very late in the pm.Otherwise our local Song Thrush skulks under the hedge , scared of all (12 +) the Blackbirds; the Marsh Tit pops in at odd intervals and the Siskins are regular.
Unsure if it was a Great or Little Egret to far away and I was driving passed.
Same place opposite Llanbister Road turning on far bend of river.
This morning I heard a Woodpecker drumming for the first time. Seems pretty early in the year.
(via ScottL) One seen at 1.35pm today. First sighted near the public footpath south of the reserve, before moving north to trees on the edge of the reserve itself.
Some of the guests at Cefnllys inc. Coal Tit and Swan -on -ice at the lake ,where I saw a Kingfisher this a.m. just before the lagoon,plus a glimpse of the Rail near the stump. A Mistle Thrush regular behind the cafe feeding with
Blackbirds.Oddly not much in the garden save Blackbirds and Starlings.
(via Bob D) Great white egret flew over Crossgates, heading east, about 14:40 today
One seen in flight around the lake today
One fine male visited our feeders today.
One showing well around the lagoon area at the lake today. Two more were heard calling, one there and the other by lakeside avenue.
One seen flying over the main road at the north end of town.
1 flew south past the bungalow at 15:15 today. In the garden, at least 2 buzzards have been fighting over some recent roadkill that was placed up there. Around 100 Redwings have been feeding in the fields surrounding the bungalow in the past few days, with a few other thrushes mixed in.
(via SueL) What a bonus coming back from my walk at 1pm by lower Rhos common ,a winter Thrush with a wintery blue sky as a backdrop.
Delighted to see a Blackcap ( fem/imm) gobbling our sunflower hearts yesterday, tho no sign today.A
Starling showing off its gaudy colours-not appreciated until very close-not a fav at the feeders but sparkles in the right light. At the lake re 18 Goosanders and near the new”barn” on the corner just before Lakeside a Water Rail again, quite unconcerned ,paddling and pecking .
Well, let’s keep the ball rolling as the powers that be have now decreed that we shall
have no Xmas-yup, I would prefer to be alive and walking than whispering carols in hospital , but WHY did they dangle carrots in front of us in the first place? SO…our Goosanders still-10 + and 3 Cormorants odd Reed Bunts and a saucy Water Rail parading on the bend to Lakeside ( possibly encouraged by Carol’s offerings), but no sound from a Cetti! Up here our Sprawk visits hopefully and so do the dozen Siskins and Greenfinches etc.
It’s time to wish every soul that contributes to our blog, either by reporting ,or just looking, a GRAND XMAS and an even better NEW YEAR-you really are a lovely crowd and it’s an enormous pleasure to participate in such wonderful company! Keep looking and keep sending-you are all part of a privileged association , despite these grim times.
50+ on the Radnorshire side of the river today, on a flooded ‘pool’ at SO098435. Also 50+ Mallard, 1 Moorhen and 1 Little Grebe.
(via SueL) Going for a walk across the side of Llandegley rocks where the bracken was a warm rustic colour a woodcock flew from the under growth . What a lovely coloured bird camouflaged well in the bracken.
One feeding on the flooded banks of the river Ithon today, directly opposite the turning for Llanbister Road.
The Cetti’s Warbler was relocated (I am assuming it is the same bird from yesterday) in the reed bed between the bird hide and Lakeside Avenue this morning. It can be very shy for long periods of time, but occasionally pops out in view for a second or two. Best way to locate it is to listen for it’s Wren-like ticking call.