Ten Golden Plover seen flying over Bwlch y Sarnau today.
First large flock of starlings I’ve seen this Autumn, around 300 of them, flying over The Fforest Inn yesterday morning.
Three widgeon still there at dusk. Pair of Tufted also present. Good numbers of starlings now roosting in the lagoon reeds too. Long tailed tits heard earlier in the day along the Prom. Anyone else hearing them everywhere in recent weeks?! Seems they’ve had a good year.
At last some visitors ! Well only Tufties ( 2 males) and 3 Wigeon ( 2 males and a fem-I think), but it certainly brightens life on a very dull ,if mild day. But thanks to Nigel and his good lady who loaned me the binocs…as per I took mine this morn and didn’t bother pm as nowt about! As ever!!! Great to see the Starnes and the ducks, pretty lifeless otherwise.
Chaffinch, Meadow Pipits, Reed Bunting, Skylarks & Yellowhammers.
A flock of more than 30/40 seen daily in the cultivated field.
Lake same with solitary GC Grebe and now a dozen Canadas back. Cefnllys seems to have lost its Swallows at long last-not seen for several days. Usual visitors with Nuthatches con stantly grabbing sunflower seeds and planting them in flower baskets etc. Young Goldfinch pictured ,just showing first red spots on crown if you look carefully! Marsh tit more frequent and Bullfinches showing again after being absent for a while
Good to see the local Kestrel is still around, seeing it regularly sat on the wires hunting.
This morning saw a few more Redwings on the Rowan trees and this afternoon saw five Fieldfares.
At home, without doubt, the most popular species of bird in our garden is the Tree Sparrow, the fat balls,which they love, having to be topped up regularly. The Siskens are starting to return on the feeders and our two Jays returned this morning too. Male and female Tawny owls are calling most nights from the trees in our garden, I’m guessing the ones that bred the one owlet earlier this year in our owl box.
Lots of blue tits, great tits, a nuthatch, a robin, a blackbird, wren and long tailed tit all came rummaging together around the front garden. The borders, shrubs and trees, even the window ledges, were thoroughly checked for food. Then, one by one, they loosely followed one another to the next place. Only the blackbird stayed around for a bit, but it was interesting to watch.
The lake is quite empty-of course we have the 4 discarded Muscovies-how callous! A pair of Tufties – and thirty male Mallard with re 10 fems. More interesting we still have a solitary G C Grebe-felt rather sorry for it ,as it was doing its growl , as in “Where’s my mate?”Probably off Ynyslas! Nowt new here, save a pair of Ravens over and how I envy Martina with her Grey Wags!
A lone male Goosander seen early this morning, flying over Bwlch y Sarnau. It looked like it headed for the river.
Awful weather precludes decent pics-not that there’s much about. A Heron laughing at me at Pont ar Elan yesterday ended a fruitless excursion ; L’dod lake was bare of anything new, but we had a bedraggled Jay at Cefnllys along with the usual stuff-one oddity being the mouse and Blackbird just ignoring each other!
Two kestrels were mobbed by a crow yesterday at Llandod golf course. One did a bit of hovering to spy out prey in the bracken, but they were soon harassed by the persistent crow and there were some impressive aerial dodgings going on.
Two squabbling grey wagtails briefly appeared in the garden during today’s downpours. A small drainage stream runs down the side, maybe they followed that and ended up over the fence. Definitely a first!
(via Gail) A flock of around dozen Redwings seen early this morning, the first I’ve seen this autumn.
A flock of about a dozen, seen this morning. First seen this Autumn in the area.
Sorry this is a belated post, I’ve been having trouble with my computer. A week last Friday, above Bettws Mill in small copse on top of hill a flock of approx 100 Field Fares with a few Red Wings in tow flew out of the conifer copse and headed north east. As i have not seen any since, I consider these passers. Steve Hammond was also with me and sighted the same, we were on a bike ride.
Tomorrow (25/9/21) – Saturday – from 12pm.
(via Will) I saw my first golden plover of the autumn on the Begwns this morning – a flock of 48 on an area of recently cut bracken.
Here we are again post our hols! Not much about-just a single GC Grebe on L’dod lake and a Heron-I won’t comment on the dumping of more Muscovies…speechless! Up Cefnllys still a family of at least 4 Swallows enjoying the late sunshine ,Marsh Tit and Nuthatches and various youngsters : Collared doves, Goldfinches and a Bullfinch for Sue to clarify her earlier image-they do look odd without a hat! Quite a display of Butterflies today-more on them later.
Two redheads seen from the bridge this evening. A dipper, grey heron and mallard also present.
(via Kris&Dominic) Just over the border in Monts, late arrivals – one brood, 3 fledged but only 1 seen. Late nest here now 4 nestlings 2 quite advanced.
We still have House Martin chicks in the nest above our kitchen window. Going by the activity through the summer I am thinking this is probably the third brood.
(via ColinE) One circling for several minutes at lunchtime today (Thursday 9/9); left at 13:38 to the SW, i.e. towards Llandegley and Llandrindod Wells.
Also Crossbill over, and some ongoing hirundine movement.
Elsewhere in the wider area, hobbies have been seen over the summer.
To be honest Kestrels seem to be quite rare here in Mid Wales
Back in the Vale of York I would see them almost every day where ever I walked my dog.
Since moving here 4 years ago I have seen them locally only 3 times and it appears they come calling when harvesting is taking place.
It was some distance off so images not the best.
(via SueL) Out in the garden this morningthe little birds call caught my attention up among the willow.
The lake is losing its lovely display as the non existent summer fades ; the Purple Loosestrife is still trying to convince us! Grebes still good and Canadas have vanished temporarily ; Plenty of Sand Martins and Swallows skimming the surface. Our leucistic birds still with us : Coal Tit and Chaffinch as are the young Great spotted Woodpeckers and hordes of House Sparrows!
1 flew south. Other birds present included Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Stonechat, Whinchat, Linnet and Willow Warbler.