Posted by: bazzpugh | January 17, 2017

LLandod Lake and Garden.

_j8a1696Dunnock Hedge Sparrow._j8a1716Ouch!!! that’s got to hurt….. Siskin._j8a1735    Siskin female._j8a1808Male Reed bunting. lake Lagoon area.. I counted 12  feeding yesterday Mid day.



Posted by: Tony Ware | January 16, 2017

Claerwen valley.

75 + Fieldfare, 20 Mandarin, 10 Mallard, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Reed Bunting, Herring Gull and a Kingfisher.

Elsewhere 40 + Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and a Stonechat at Pont ar Elan.

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 15, 2017

Lake etc.

Not much on today , ‘cept the Grey wag @ L’dod lake…I SHALL get him! A pair of Bullfinches and not much more. Same at home , save a brief visit from Mr Sprawk-I think we are now in year eleven! Thought folk might like a close up of the Waxwing : the weird red tips to the secondaries resemble the red wax used to seal  letters-thus some enterprising ancient christened them.Males tend to have more as well as brighter yellow flashes on the primaries.




Another rose hip down! Would you believe the record for berry consumption goes to a bird in Carmarthen which scoffed 600+ in 6 hours!!! 3x its body weight!


Posted by: javrich | January 14, 2017

Treecreeper in Rhayader


Well it’s not the best photo, but I’m in competition with Kev Joynes (not really).  I think I’ve got a way to go yet 🙂

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 14, 2017

Lake& Cefnllys.

Still got Waxies outside Newbridge , so the” quartennial” fun is not over yet! BUT… we were stuck in town with the usual disgusting Jan gloom and round the lake-13+ Goosanders and a couple of Reed Bunts, plus a pair of Bullfinches. Saw a Song Thrush  and a guy commented that it was the first one he’d seen in years!!

Up here  8 LT Tits , Treecreeper  & Goldcrest which has become a regular -always amuses me when we were reared on the idea that insectivores just ate insects!!! When desperate , they scoff peanut bits and sunflower bits  and any fat going ,etc.etc.





Posted by: kevjoynes | January 13, 2017

L’dod Lake & Cefnllys.

Oh well! Back to the mundane-seems our exotic visitors have moved on, so back to Reed Bunts at the lake after a long absence plus the Grey Wag , spotted by Shirley  and also the Redpolls @ Cefnllys  which seem to be having a bad year?? I expected an influx with the snow , but nowt unusual. Our LTts are being miserable: I spot TWO in our apple tree , but damned if they will pose save on the planks!




Posted by: Tony Ware | January 10, 2017

Dull miserable and drizzle.

Elan Valley : And snow on the way lets all hope it brings some birds on the wing with it. Today on Garreg Ddu there were 22 Mallard, over at D y n reservoir there were 20 Mandarin, 7 Goldeneye and 5 Mallard, on the River Claerwen there were 2 Dipper, and at Pont ar Elan a pair of Stonechat.

Posted by: kevjoynes | January 10, 2017

Waxwings L’dod.

It’s not quite over yet! Well, they vanished yesterday , despite extensive searches , but we spotted them back past the Ridgebourne garage as you head for Builth at noon today.  Re 12+.


Posted by: Tony Ware | January 8, 2017

Elan Valley

Goldeneye (7) Goosander (4) and a few Mallard on D y n. Mandarin (20) on Garreg Ddu. Otherbirds include Fieldfare (200 +) Redwing (30 +) and Stonechat (10). A Mistle Thrush was carrying nest material, Woodpeckers were drumming and a few woodland birds were singing.

Jack Snipe: An excellent Elan Valley record 4/1/17 of this species.

Posted by: alinrhayader | January 8, 2017

Garden and further afield

Well one of my new year’s resolutions is to be less of a lurker and to post a few more things on the blog, so here we go..

Highlight in the garden at the moment is a lovely Song Thrush who seems to have taken a liking to the taste of the earthworms in our lawn. We have also had a few pale beaked ‘continental’ black birds. On the feeders plenty of Starlings, nuthatch, coal & blue tits.

Unbelievably,  the house sparrows have already started to stake claims on our bird boxes and I even saw one with some material in its beak, they obviously didn’t watch the Countryfile forecast tonight and will have a bit of a shock later this week..

Slightly further afield,  the fields above Bwlch y Sarnau had large numbers of winter Thrush and Starling. Seemed to be mainly Redwing,  but a few Fieldfare about as well. With temperatures plummeting in Europe numbers seemed to have topped up again. A couple of Buzzards were also worming.

Did not see the Waxwings again today, but can’t complain after yesterday’s treat, many thanks all again!




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